This is something that I have wanted to write about for a while now but the timing never seemed right, until today. I recently stumbled across a website called FutureMe.
The idea of it is simple. You write a letter to your future self, choose when you want it to be delivered and then type the email address you want it to be delivered to. Yes it really is that simple and yes it is free.
I’m not here to talk about the website itself because the reality is that there are many such websites and you can use whichever you prefer. But I do want to talk about why I think writing a letter to your future self would be very beneficial to all of our lives.
Think of it as a time capsule or a message in a bottle. What do you want your future self to know? Does you future self need to remember the lessons you have learned so far? Or do you need to remind them of the dreams and goals they once had and to do everything in their power to go after them?
Anything goes. The letter is yours and it is going to be delivered to your future self so you won’t have to worry about anyone else reading it. It belongs entirely to you. You can write your secrets, the secrets of anyone else, you can make it extremely personal or something general, it can be sad, funny, happy, witty. It’s all up to you.
If there is one thing I can promise you is that when you do receive that letter, not only will you be surprised, there is a very high chance that you probably won’t even remember what you wrote in it in the first place. It will feel like a gift from your past self. And quite frankly there is no better gift or someone to receive a gift from.
Your letter will magnify how much you have changed as a person over the years, but also how some things have managed to stay the same. It will remind you of moments you may have forgotten, but that were also crucial in you journey of becoming who you are.
So try it out. Write a letter to yourself and date it to 1, 3, 5 or 10 years later and forget about it. It’ll be on its way to the person you will become.