Yes—we are absolutely recommending that you send a letter to
yourself. Opening a message written a year—or five years or more—in the
past can be moving, entertaining, even therapeutic.
Here are some ideas for messages to write just to you:
- Words of encouragement. On a day you’re feeling
like you can do anything, take a minute to remind Future You how it
feels or Past You how far you’ve come.
- Happy wishes. Capture your hopes and dreams to be opened on birthdays, anniversaries and other milestones.
- Good things. Write about great memories, what is making you happy right this second and what you’re looking forward to in the future.
- Big questions. When you’re wondering what the days ahead will bring, ask the questions. Let your older, wiser self answer them.
- What it’s like. Tell Future You how you spend your days, who you hang out with, what takes up space in your brain.
As silly as it seems right now, it’s easy to completely forget your
notes to you exist. To make sure you open them, put them somewhere safe
and remind yourself about them with an online calendar or app—or write
the date or reason to open them on the envelope and keep them somewhere
you can’t miss.