#34 Send Emails to the Future

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#34

Send Emails to the Future

Would it creep you out to receive an email from your younger self or from someone who has passed away? Personally, I find it a wonderful idea and it’s pretty easy. All you need is a website that will hold your email and schedule it to be sent at some future point and an email address you feel confident you (or the person you’re sending it to) will still be checking at that same future point.

To Yourself

The website futureme.org focuses on encouraging you to send a letter to yourself with the header: Dear Future Me. Some of the sent letters are available to read publicly (you have the option to make it anonymously open) and are akin to reading diary entries. They could be used as encouragement, reflection, or inspiration for the life you are now living. It may be a great avenue to recall important emotional moments in your life as they happen.

To Others

This is the real inspiration in my opinion. There are many things that I’ve wanted to share with my children, friends, or other family members that maybe they weren’t ready to hear or that I wasn’t clear enough to share when the moment was at hand. Some things need time to talk about. The opportunity to share a reflection years later when the emotions have retreated can be a wonderful thing.

Healing

It is said that “time heals all wounds” which, is a misnomer of sorts. Time allows wounds to scar but some scars are always tender or downright painful when touched. Some relationships are not repairable and this the ability to write a letter and have it delivered at some future point may be just the thing that can help the parties involved offer forgiveness or an apology without the energy of the pain associated with it.

The Gift

Perhaps the most special part of this service is that we can share now, things that we may not be able to share at some future point. Certainly, I want to convey the love, admiration, and pride that I feel for my children today and I do make that effort but I feel good knowing that no matter what transpires between now and 10 or 20 years from now, they can receive a bit of mom encouragement then too…

I am one of those rare people that actually has the same email address I had in 1999 and obviously technology has exponentially changed as it is likely to going forward but I find comfort in the hope that people I love will receive a little surprise in their inbox because I too the time today to…

Send emails to the future.

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