What would you like your future self to know?
When I first began blogging, the person I was learning from made writing letters to your future self as part of the class. We had to write letters for 3 months from now, maybe six months and then a year. The idea behind this was that there were words we would need to hear, and we could track our progress.
I did this. However, I used the wrong year. I didn’t pay attention to this and I kept waiting for my letter. When it did, because it was completely focused on blogging, it wasn’t as helpful for me. Perhaps it is time for another letter for my future self.
I was recently reminded of FutureMe.org and I remembered why I thought it was such a wonderful idea. So, I’m sharing this fabulous idea and some ideas about what to write in your letter.
First, FutureMe.org allows you to write letters without creating an account. When you reach their home page, you will see a space to write letters and other people’s letters they’ve written and chosen to make public. I would recommend that you write your own letter (you could always write another one) before you begin reading all of the letters on the site.
Second, you have the choice of time. You can schedule yourself to receive letters at 1, 3, or 5 years. Or you are allowed to customize your date. When I was writing those letters to myself, this is the option I chose – just remember to look at the date.
Third, you have the option to receive your letter via email – private – or you can make the letter public and anonymous. That choice is yours. I’ve only done the email choice.
So, what do you write in this letter from your future?
Imagine where you would like to be in a year from now, three or five years from now and write to that person. Your hopes for her/him, encouragement, etc.
Write about what you will expect from the space of time you are writing too?
Where would you like to be 1, 3 or 5 years from now?
If you are currently working on something, such as a novel, write where you would like that to be.
If you are dealing with things that are bothering you, that seem large, write about the outcome for those things.
Thoughts about writing your letter:
Keep it casual. When you are writing from the present use I and when you are writing to the future, use you. This definitely shouldn’t be academic writing, more writing to a friend tone.
Begin with where you are now. What does your life look like at this moment? Your current goals, dreams, and desires are also a good place to begin.
It’s okay to talk about your fears. In fact, I encourage it. Shedding light onto fears helps to overcome them.
Look at your current key values and beliefs. What is your truth at this moment?
Identify some important skills you are currently focusing on. Use those to discover where you would like to go in life.
Define some goals and hopes. Where do you want to be when you open the letter? What do you hope your life looks like then?
Look at the things you want to do, to stop doing and hope to begin to do. These can be written to your future you.
Give some advice. Who better to give the advice than yourself?
Ask some questions: Do you like where you are right now? Is your life fulfilling? What would you like to change? Or, any other questions you may think of.
Be sure to close your letter in a manner you would prefer, in the way you would close a letter to a friend.
Although I have focused on Future Me today, there may be other online platforms for this. Just remember to keep a copy of your letter for yourself, as, in the online world, things may change very quickly.
I hope you take the time to write a letter to your future self. I know I am going to work on that this week.
And, if you do, please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.
Until next time,
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