I want to write a letter to myself both one year and 5 years in the future. I want to do this so I can compare the different perspectives I have as I go through life, as well as to reflect on what I have accomplished. 6 months ago
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How I did it: I had felt recently like I was in a particularly low point in my life and had decided to take control of my life, including making a new list of goals for the next year. I wrote a letter to myself in the mindset that in a year I would be in a much better place in my life. I wrote it as if my future self would look back at the person I am now and be proud of how far I had come. It also gave me hope that I would be able to become that much better person. Read how I did it… 12 months ago
A week or so ago I suddenly remembered the letter I mentioned in my other entry related to this goal would be arriving soon. I’m kind of excited to see it after a couple years.
Also, I used FutureMe.org (at someone’s suggestion, if I remember right) to write to myself as well, a year ago on December 11th, 2012, and I just received that in my email, today. I’d completely forgotten about it.
And apparently, I know myself very well. This is what I wrote in it:
I thought I’d give you a heads up.
Knowing you, you probably haven’t started on final projects or studying yet for the semester. Why? I don’t know, but that’s what happened this year, and now you’re in deep shit.
I’m reminding you at LEAST two weeks in advance so you don’t feel as dumb as you do while writing this, sitting on the floor at work.
Anything else…? Quit being so commitment-shy. Jesus. You’re almost 21 years old; grow up you ninny.
Your equally stupid past self.”
It’s funny, because I just finally convinced myself to get to work on some homework (I know myself so very well, indeed), and I also just recently had something related to the commitment issue come up, as well.
I’m more clairvoyant than I realized. ;P 12 months ago
How I did it: I found a website futureme.org that offers to send it back to your own email adress whenever you want. So I imagined what my life will be in 8 years and I wrote about it in Present tense. When you passionately want something to happen you must imagine as if you already have it all.
I have been unhappy since I was 13. I feel that my life has been one bad thing happening after another. I really hate being alive right now, but I am holding on because somewhere inside of me still believes that life can be happy and peaceful. So I want to write a letter to my future self,because, if by some miracle my life does improve,and my dreams do come true, I don’t ever want to forget how bad thing were and how blessed I will be to have moved on. I have hated my life, but I have learned alot,quite alot and for that I am grateful. 18 months ago
How I did it: First off I read a couple of examples of other people's letters to their future selves on the internet to give me an idea of what sort of thing to write, but then I just got on with it. I found it easier to imagine I was actually talking to myself in a few years time, so my letter ended up quite chatty and friendly in tone. I decided that in my letter I wanted to capture what I'm like now, so hopes, dreams, favourite things etc. so that future me can look back and remember what life was like, but I also wanted to encourage future me so that if I haven't achieved everything or I'm not where I'd hoped I'd be I don't feel too bad. It was really strange writing it and thinking that when i next read it I could have children, or be married, have traveled the world, become a doctor, or flunked chemistry and opened a cupcake shop. Anything could have happened! Read how I did it… 23 months ago