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"Dear 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."
- Daniel Gilbert
Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
Best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness
"Most of the great philosophers have struggled to define this elusive thing called Self. Plato, Descartes, Locke, Hume, they all gave slightly different answers to the same haunting question: Who am I?
FutureMe.org freshens this age-old question by reframing it in e-mail-ese, the telegraphic code of our daily lives, which creates a sharper sense of immediacy than the prosaic letter. Forced to address ourselves through the language and lens of a new technology, one that stretches and shortens our notion of time, we can't help but ask: Is this me at 42 the same me I will be at 62? Am I just one me in the midst of a single unified narrative, or a series of mes connected by one strand of memories, one starting point, one name?"
- J.R. Moehringer
Pulitzer Prize winning correspondent, LA Times
Best-selling author of The Tender Bar: A Memoir
"Dear FutureMe spills over with all of life's pain, wonder, and mystery. These peeks inside the heads and hearts of strangers are magical; we can't help but recognize ourselves. This book is funny, profound, and endlessly absorbing -- I could not put it down!"
- Davy Rothbart
Best-selling author of Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World
contributor to This American Life
"The relationship between Present Me and Future Me is too often a parental one: I'm forever making decisions on behalf of Future Me, who I treat like an incompetent man-child -- leaving to-do lists where he'll find them, signing his name to employment contracts and bank loans, educating him, tattooing him, and fattening him up. But must things go on this way forever? Shouldn't the Me's have a more evolved relationship? Absolutely, insist the contributors to "Dear Future Me," who may sometimes lecture their self-to-come, but who more often treat that special someone as a confidant, comrade, accomplice, collaborator, maybe even a pal. "I know you'll badmouth me sometimes, and I'm sure I deserve it," one emailer writes. "But I'm pulling for you." Spoken like a true friend.
- Joshua Glenn
columnist, Boston Globe Ideas
author of Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects with Unexpected Significance
Other cool stuff
in 2004, FutureMe was selected to be exhibited at ars electronica in austria, the largest musuem of digital art in the world.
More from our FutureMe'ers
"Today I received an email from myself that I had written in May of this year. I was moved to tears...tears of compassion for myself, and healing because this letter was SO timely I couldn't have received a better message of encouragement from any friend." - Deborah in Michigan
"Thank you for this place that offers me ..............something too complex to describe?..........perhaps it is just a sense of belonging with others who ponder." - A nice email we got
"I love this website. I love the fact that I have a ten year plan for my future and I will receive emails periodically along the way inquiring how I am doing on some of my goals. I love that I have a journal entry today or last week that will show up as an email in 1 year from today. I love how it will make me reflect on this time and question my reasoning as to why I felt a certain way and if I have matured or grown from the experience." - Joan in New Mexico
"♥ Thank you Future Me. I love myself so much more and treasure friendship and the world so much more using F.M ♥ Keep up the good work my friends." - Rose
"Love this app. It does exactly what it says it will. We need way more life affirming apps like this one. It totally made my day!""
I just received a letter from past Jenny from a year ago, and it made me tear up in a coffee shop. It's exactly what I needed to hear right now, thank you for having this site I can't express how much it has helped me, I will be recommending it to all of my friends!
"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. Thank you both for what must be a huge effort to bring this to the world. I'm sending a small donation to support the cause. Happy New Year to all your future and present selves."
Thank you. Two simple words that probably you have been tired of reading all the time. But that's it! What can i say? This is the most genius thing that i've ever saw in my entire life. You can see how people are amazing, how they are facing their own destiny, how your life could turns in a unknown way... plus, that's the proof you can control your life, a lot of people making plans for the future or expecting something... but why wait for it happens? Just go for it! After a couple hours in the blog reading public letters and facing myself to get courage to write my own... i just realized that time is precious, we don't have time to wait. Thank you again. :)