Life Stories Motivation

Write Yourself a Letter to the Future

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I was going through one of my old, old, old middle school email accounts because I was curious if there was anyone who didn’t have my new email and was trying to still reach me, but nobody was…so I decided to do some searching around and look what I found: an email I wrote in 2005 and sent to myself six-months in the future (to 2006) through FutureMe.

Don’t mind the typos, random capitalized LeTtErS, and overall teenager-ness; I was 13.

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Now I wish I could say this is a sponsored post, but it’s totally not, and I’m actually okay with promoting a site that I love to use quite frequently. To put it very simply, FutureMe is pretty much a future time machine, where you write yourself a letter to be delivered to a date of your choosing, and then when that date comes up, you’ll receive the email you had written.

If we fast-forward five years later, I still bite my fingernails (It’s really attractive!), still remember all the lyrics to the song One Wish by Ray-J (I had to YouTube the song because I forgot what it sounded like), and still get excited about Christmas. On the other hand, I’ve been a vegetarian for nearly eight years, therefore Popcorn chicken is definitely no longer my favorite food, icees are now too sugary and artificial for my liking, and let’s be real here, Myspace? Whoaaaaaa haha, long gone.

After landing upon this email, I was so intrigued that I did some more searching through my 5,000 active email accounts, and I found this one from 2013:

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Now THAT sounds more like it. Ugh that Whole Foods in TriBeCa back corner seat is still my go-to office space, except when a hobo beats me to it, and fresh kale, oolong tea, and a minimalism blog? Hell yes, Damon! Apparently, you knew da truth even back in 2013.

And then I found this one from 2011:

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Way to plan ahead, Damon! I really did do the 80s rollerskater look…and apparently showed some major leg that night.

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After seeing this email, I quickly sent myself another email to be delivered in June 2015; I recommend you do the same. You can even send FutureMe emails all the way to 2060, but keep in mind that your email probably won’t be Boomerang10 ten years from now (I’m looking at you, Damon at 10 years old). I’m just wondering how many emails I’ve missed out on from all my teenage accounts.

In any case, this website is the perfect way to make sure your life is happening how you had planned for it to fold out. As we move through life we create endless bucket lists and five year plans and eventually after all is said and done, it’s nice to see if we talked the talk and walked the walk.

Did you actually do what we said we were going to do? Are you doing something now that you said you were going to do a few months ago?

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  • What an intriguing email app! Sounds like a great way to make yourself accountable for the goals you set yourself, as well as take the time to look back at your journey since you sent the email! P.s great blonde curls!

  • Shay

    Way ahead of you 😉 I’ve been doing this for a year now, I really love the concept of it.

    • It’s such a good feeling when I get the unexpected email…from myself!

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