Recently, I was rummaging through my phone and found old voice memos that I had recorded from years ago. Surprisingly, I ended up coming across one from the year 2018, titled “Letter from Jay 2018,” in which at the time I was 17 and had recorded a voice memo that was intended for my future self to eventually listen to. What was funny is that this memo caught me completely off guard and I had totally forgotten that I made it, so listening to it and hearing my younger voice made me extremely emotional. It was such a bittersweet moment.
[bf_image id="5r5zvjbt7b8snq5q2vmq3jgx"] After having that sentimental, but much-needed cry, I decided to look up a website that I had heard of before from someone which is called FutureMe, where one can write up and send their future selves a virtual letter.
[bf_image id="rtq4krhqfx4tk9c45ngbh7sf"] The website is set up pretty simple and provides a big text box in which you can type up the letter to send to your email address. It’s as easy as that! It gives you several options on when exactly you want to deliver the letter to yourself, including 1 year, 3 years, or 5 years, or you can manually type in a specific date on which you want to receive the letter. I thought that this was really cool because one can send letters to multiple timeframes! It also gives the option of choosing whether to make it private or public, but anonymous for others to read. This is because the site itself has a section in which you can read other people’s public letters either for inspo or just for fun. I glanced through a few and it was honestly adorable to see people’s words and milestones. There are some from even 10 years ago!
[bf_image id="xjmf53bhwtmqfhrj5k9fxp"] FutureMe is a really great way to let a lot of your current emotions and feelings out to see the growth later on and be fulfilled with nostalgia. I encourage people to try this out!
I enjoyed typing my own FutureMe letter because I’ve always been intrigued by time capsules and thinking about exactly what my future will look like, so this was a really fun experience. After trying this out and choosing the 1-year option, I’m really nervous, to say the least about receiving my future letter, but at the same time super excited to re-read it and see how much has happened within all of that time. A lot can happen within a year, even months, so I cannot wait to see what future me will think when receiving this surprising letter from the past.