D.I.Y, Mind+spirit

How to Write Your Future-Self a Letter

Have you ever heard of a time capsule box? A time capsule box is when you fill a container with either pictures, toys, or jewelry, and you dig it up or store it in the back of your closet. You can only open the time capsule on a specific date of your choosing. It kind of looks like this:

From Joythebaker.com

I always wanted to do one of these, but about ten years ago, I stumbled upon a much easier way of communicating with my future self. I discovered this website called futureme.org, a website I use to write myself letters in the future. They’re emails, not handwritten letters, to be clear, but the job gets done, lol.

I think it’s so interesting to write to yourself in the future; I have been doing it in five years increments. So far, I’ve received two email letters in my inbox. You forget that you wrote to yourself, so it’s such a pleasant surprise to receive that in my email.

I wanted to share a few tips on what to include in your email to make it more juicy and impactful.

Include Details to See How Much You’ve Grown

I find it fascinating to see how much my body has stretched and grown over the years. That’s why I like to add personal details of my weight and anything that has changed in my body. I would leave this one out if you are sensitive about body weight or image. In general, you can say things such as what your current schedule looks like, what your current goals are, etc. You can even tell yourself how much more mentally strong you are and what you do to take care of yourself.

My Green Smoothie from five years ago (2016).

You Are the Main Character

Make your email about you and at the most your immediate family and very close friends. This is your future-self email, after all, so you want to place yourself as the main character. Talk about your current likes and dislikes. Talk about your loved ones and what they mean to you. I find it interesting to read what I used to eat for breakfast in the past.

The kind of love I wanted five years ago (2016), aw, I got all of that, wow!

Give Your Future-Self Some Advice

Give your future self some advice. If you know that you’re going to send the email to be opened five years from now, then think of how you want to be like in five years. Do you see yourself married, then talk to your future married self. Do you see yourself having kids in the next five years? Then talk to your future mom self. Be kind and gentle, and always tell your future self how much you love her.

I hope you enjoyed this bit of self-exploration. If you can, why not send me a letter? I’d love to hear from you, and maybe we can even become pen pals. You can send me a letter here. If handwritten letters are not your forte, no worries, you can always leave me a comment down below, email me, or just like this post if you did. It will mean a lot to me. Take care.

-with love, Amanda

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