I committed to the idea of writing 52 letters in 52 weeks to 52 different people at The Mighty Summit, which I attended in the fall of 2011. I was invited to the summit by Maggie, the original Mighty Girl, who encourages people to create and pursue their Life List goals. (In fact, she and a small team of other women recently launched Go Mighty, where people can chronicle their journeys in meeting their Life List goals, similar in a way to what I’ve done with The 52 Letters Project.) Laura, who is the other co-hostess of The Mighty Summit, received my first letter, and it only seemed fitting that Maggie received my last one to bookend my project.
I think a lot of people have some hazy ideas in their minds about what they’d like to do before they die, but few people really make an effort to reach these goals, and even fewer share their experiences in doing so. Life is short, and Maggie really embodies the spirit of living every day to its fullest and being who you really are because there’s no reason to hide behind a façade. Her enthusiasm for life and desire to inspire others are two of the main reasons why I admire Maggie, but she’s also just a truly nice person, and I’m glad she’s left her footprint on my life.
I found a fun package of vintage-esque holiday cards in a sale aisle earlier this year, and so I wrote my note to Maggie in one of these. In it, I told her about how gratifying it’s been to chronicle my letter writing journey, and I congratulated her on her awesome successes this year. Though it’s hard to say what next year will bring, I’m ready to embrace it—and whatever fun and crazy Life List goals I choose to follow—with wide open arms.