Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Time Traveler's Email

For a present at my middle school graduation, I received a very special diary from my very favorite teacher. Inscribed on the front page was her wish for me in using the journal:

"I hope you'll use this to record the wonderful woman you're becoming, and in future years you can look back and observe the fine person you've become."

Obviously this was QUITE complimentary (she was incredibly biased in my favor) but I like the idea of using a diary not just to spill your emotions so that you don't blabber to the entire world, but as a record of a moment in time that adds up to something larger.

We may not be able to learn much from our collective history, but hopefully we can each learn something from our personal histories. I certainly hope I'll look back on my blog archives in 10, 20, 30 years and smile, for better or for worse.

And that's precisely what appeals to me about In a spin on the classic summer camp letter-writing project, you can write your future self an email today, and they will arrange to send this email to you as late as 2037.

Do you think you would want to read a letter from your younger self?


Melissa said...

My school system did this when I was younger. We wrote letters to ourselves in 6th grade and then they were sent to us towards the end of our senior year of high school. It was so funny/embarrassing to read!

Kelly said...

Not relevant to this post at all, but I saw these cute handmade necklaces taht you can get stamped with "Mon Lapin!" PERFECT for you:

Preppy Coastee said...

That is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

Just found your blog; loove it!

Landlocked Mermaid said...

Oh my !! what we would find in 2037. I have diaries from when i was in second grade that I cringe and laugh so hard when I read. what a drama queen i was... I might do this tought ;) xo

BLC :o said...

Oh wow, 2037 is hard to imagine! Does TCSK count as writing to myself? Tee hee. Xoxo-BLC