Girls write a letter to their future selves

Join us for a little time travel this International Women's Day

08 March 2024

We believe girls can do anything: so, this International Women’s Day, we asked girls to tell us about their big dreams.

The prompt we gave was ‘Picture yourself in 20 years: What do you see?’

From wishes for a greener planet to dreaming of a cozy home with a splash-tastic swimming pool, these Brownies had plenty to say about their lives in 20 years, and the kind of women they hope to become.

Click the plus icon to open their letters!

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Dear Diyaani,

In the future, I want to be a singer. I want to be able to live my own life and be great. I hope to see less deforestation and climate change, but more freedom for woman. I want to live a happy life. The people who inspire me to keep going and never stop trying are my family.

Lots of love,

Current age: 9
Age in 20 years: 29

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Dear Savanna,

I am writing to tell you might be a young, kind, women. In the future I hope I have long black silky hair. I want to live in a world where there is no pollution. I hope there are still trees and rainforests left and people are not wasting paper. I also hope I am good at many different types of sports. I hope I have achieved my dream of being a singer and I am famous. I wish to have a huge house with a swimming pool because I love swimming because it is so fun. I hope the people in my neighbourhood are kind, helpful, caring and loving.

Yours sincerely,


Current age: 9
Age in 20 years: 29

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Dear Ayva,

In twenty years I hope I am hardworking yet still enjoying myself and staying positive. I would still love to live in England as it has great education and not many natural disasters.

By the time I’m 30 I wish to be black belt in Karate and get into one of London’s greatest university.

I hope I will be good hearted and always caring for others. When I’m older I want the world and environment to be in peace.

I hope you read my letter and succeed in my future goals.

From Ayva

Current age: 10
Age in 20 years: 30

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Dear Surina,

In 20 years time I would like to be a fashion designer and I want to be able to not sit in classrooms doing math problems, unfortunately now I am and being in year 5 makes things even harder. I really like drawing, painting colouring and sewing best of all. I could sit there for hours doing something interesting and making tiny crafts and little paper boxes. I would like to live in my parents house until I am 30 because then I will miss my bed which sounds silly but is very important. Also I will miss my mummy’s (and my daddy’s) food.


Current age: 10
Age in 20 years: 30 

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Dear Mila,

In 20 years time I would like to become a fashion designer or work with computers. I really hope that climate change will diminish and wars will become less frequent. Right now in 2024, climate change is a massive problem, despite having people like Greta Thunberg trying to help it. Wars are really destructive now, and are injuring innocent people. I really want this to stop.

Did your dreams and goals change as you grew? I wonder. I hope that in 20 years time I have many friends like I do now. I really like school and drawing, but I love to paint the best. I also find pleasure in reading and going outside once in a while. I love to make things out of recyclable objects and see what I can turn them into.

I hope that in the future I will live somewhere sunny. London is very rainy in the winter and boiling hot in the summer. It is hardly ever the right temperature. I want to live near my family and friends so I can easily talk to them. The only family I have in the UK is my sister, parents and aunty. Most of my family is spread across: Africa, Asia, America and Europe.

I hope that you enjoy your life now and still remember being a child.


Current age: 10
Age in 20 years: 30

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Dear Dhiya,

In 20 years time, I will be 29. Surprising right! I hope in the future I will be a doctor because I really want to be one. Please make that happen. I really love myself and want to inspire myself by doing lots of things that I will like in the future.

By the time I am 29, maybe lots of things might change like Jupiter might have 3 earths on it by that hurricane. Who knows.

I might look different and might dye my hair or straighten it. Hope I do!

From myself

Current age: 9
Age in 20 years: 29

Would you like to join in and write a letter to your future self?

All you need is a pen and paper – here are some prompts to get you thinking:

  • Describe the type of world you want to live in 20 years from now.
  • What are your biggest goals and dreams? Will you have achieved them, or will you be taking steps in that direction?
  • What inspires you to keep going?

If you're looking for more ways to celebrate International Women's Day (IWD), we have plenty of suggested activities.

You can also head to the official IWD website for more activities, like these pledge cards.

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