I heard about this fascinating web site from Daniel Pink‘s monthly newsletter back in October, and I had to meant to write about it back then, but it must have somehow slipped into the deep abyss that is my mind. Fortunately, it was still in my inbox, and I stumbled upon it again today. (By the way, I’d highly recommend subscribing to his monthly newsletter.)
Here’s what Mr. Pink he had to say about FutureMe:
“(FutureMe) allows you to write a letter to yourself that will arrive . . . in the future. Just type a note (“Dear FutureMe”). Select when you’d like it to go out — in 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, or on a specific date. Then click “Send to the Future.” At the appointed time, you — or rather Future You — will receive the message.”
It sounded like a great idea, and so I had to check it out, and I ended up sending a letter to my future self. I can’t wait to read it a year from now, perhaps I’ll share it on my blog at that time.
There are several powerful testimonials on the FutureMe web site, such as the following:
“I love this. I’ve sent myself 5 letters so far and every year it’s a surprise. Because I forget so easily. It turns into such a deep reflective process, that I usually weep and laugh while I write.”
I absolutely love @futureme, refreshing memories from last year and jotting down new stuff for myself to laugh at and cry with next year.
Just got a letter from myself in 2012 from @futureme. Made me tear up a wee bit! Time to write myself another one for 5 years time…
“Future Me lets us eavesdrop on the silly, serious, hilarious, and heartbreaking conversations that ordinary people have with the extraordinary people they hope–or fear–they will someday become, providing a fascinating view of the human mind on its one-way trip through time.”
“I just want to say that I absolutely LOVE FutureMe. I’ve been writing letters to my Future Self for 8 years now, and since I always forget about it, I’m always surprised and often get emotional. So thank you so much for existing and doing this. I hope you will always continue to do so.”
“I love future me. Receiving a message from the past is indeed magical.”
“I love FutureMe. I’ve been writing myself a birthday letter every year since 2011. And when I forget about it, the surprise is amazing! It really makes your day. Writing the letter is also therapeutic. It helps me set my goals for the future, and reminds me to become a better person.”
I think you get the idea.
And despite what some of these testimonials say, I don’t think I’ll be tearing up when I read my letter a year from now, but you never know.