Dear Future Self,
If you are still working 60 hours a week for that creepy, soul-less hypocrite that calls himself your boss, you should be ashamed of yourself.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if you had an easy way to email yourself in the future? 1 year from now? 10 years from now? A reminder for next week, even? Last year I emailed myself a no nonsense letter telling my future self (now my present self) what was what. If you are still doing X or talking to Y or not making progress on Z, stop complaining because you’ve been unhappy with X or Y or Z for a year now and obviously haven’t done anything to help yourself. Luckily, in the past year I have taken steps towards my goals so my email from old Marisa was a pleasant surprise.
I think I’m going to keep sending these to myself. Take a few minutes to hold yourself accountable or just remind yourself of your long-term goals. Visit http://www.bored.com/emailcapsules/ and no, I didn’t get paid for this. I like this email capsule generator because A) one year later it actually worked and B) you can sift through what other people have emailed to themselves.
Some of my favorites:
Written 4/29/09, To be delivered 1/10/14: Did Bret Favre retire yet?
Written 3/11/08, To be delivered 12/25/12: if youre alive to read this and all is well with the rotation of the earth, then the stupid Myans were wrong again!!
Written 6/8/09, To be delivered 6/18/09: Call dad and tell him about that one night when he said he had to take a poop at work but didn’t want to but thought, “There’s some guy getting paid minimum wage to clean this so if I stop pooping and everyone else stops pooping that man will be out of a job so I’m gonna poop so he can continue to feed his family.” Plus, he didn’t think he would make it home.