For my birthday, I was gifted a little activity book called Letters To My Future Self: A Paper Time Capsule. The idea is to write messages to the future you about a range of topics, and to decide on a date for the messages to be reopened again. I have always had a soft spot for diaries/time capsules, so I can’t wait to work through the book! There are twelve unique envelopes which fold out to reveal a writing space inside, with headings such as:
- All the things I’d like to try someday
- This is what I live for
- It was an extraordinary day
- I promise to myself
- There’s no place like home
- A pep talk for the future me
- I never want to forget this
- Two blank envelopes for any extra topic ideas: Places I want to visit
The theme of the first letter was ‘these are my roots’, and I decided to set the opening date for 2023, when I’ll be 30. It seemed like a good age to reinforce my roots, make sure I am still grounded and in touch with my family.
Here’s a little snippet:
My ancestors worked on farms – they were strong and self-sufficient, hardworking in nature. I’d like to think that I am all of the above, even though there is some tweaking left to do.
I found the one page of paper the book offers wasn’t quite enough, and so I had to source extra sheets from my own collection (which wasn’t the end of the world). Condensing my roots to less than thirty lines was something I just wasn’t prepared to do! I’m looking forward to doing some more of these over the next few weeks.
Letters To My Future Self is available on The Book Depository.