I know this seems like a very simple concept, but I really love the idea of sending letters to your future self! Special thanks to the creator of this website for keeping this running for almost two decades! Hopefully, this keeps going for many many more decades! So excited to receive those letters in the future!
Honestly love you guys, you've saved my life and $10 is a small fee to pay for monthly therapy sessions with myself!
I have been sending my future self letters (to arrive 5 years later) every two months since 2004. It is an amazing experience to see my previous worlds. Some seem little changed and others are almost like alternate realities. Your efforts to keep this going are wonderful to me. Especially as our newest reality is changing the way all of us will be from now on.
I came across this website at just the right time and moment. When I needed an outlet to let all the feelings and emotions out. There are days when I feel like I wanna write something to my future self or just give myself advise or warnings, just randomly setting a date to receive it and that's where the magic happens. It was like, I received the letter on the time I needed the most. Like my past self having this gut feeling that I might need to hear these words in the future. Thank you FutureMe! - RI just love this idea/platform. Thank you to the creative minds who brought it forth! - AI just wanted to say thank you for everything! this website has changed my life! Thank you so much, and keep going forever! - HI love this so much, every time I receive a letter it fills me with nostalgia and overwhelms me with emotion. Thank you! - KHey FutureMe people! I just want to say that this webpage is amazing, and that it has brought tears to my eyes to be able to read other's stories and feel how much love and hope they have for their future selves. It's like a modernized time capsule! Sending love and positive energy your way. <3 - JI received a letter from myself completely out of the blue that I wrote 7 years ago. I made predictions about my life, talked about my boyfriends, and the people in my life who I cared about the most. It brought me to tears. Do yourself a favour and write a letter to yourself <3 you'll thank you later - AI have been using this website for about 7 years now. It’s crazy! It’s like a diary mixed with a time machine. It’s like being pen pals with your past self. Some entries are positive and some heartbreaking, but they all give me a glimpse of how I was feeling in the moment. And each letter has helped me reflect and see my growth. I love this website so much! -AI've been using FutureMe for years. I recently applied for college, and I wrote my essay about all the letters I've written to myself. With the help of your website, I was able to get into all the colleges I applied to. Thanks so much for this invention! - MI love using future me. I've used this website for 17 days now, sending a letter to myself in exactly 1 year. I plan to do it for a whole year, and then sit back, relax, and get a letter to start my day in a good way, to brighten my afternoon, or to conclude myself at the end of the day. I hate writing in diaries, but I love using this website! It has helped me so much, and I love writing and can't wait to receive. Highly recommend.Thank you so much for this website. My mom is terminally ill and my biggest fear is forgetting all the little things that make me love her. Every time we have a good memory together I send it a year, 2 years, 5 years into the future. It’ll be a nice surprise every time I receive an email from future me, so thank you. - HI have already sent three messages to my future self (in 1 year, 3 years and 12 years). I can't wait to receive them. Honestly, writing them was like going to a free therapist, it helped me make goals and feel less opressed/afraid of the futur. I've always feared of not knowing what i'll become, so when i learned about FutureMe, i knew i had to try it! Thanks you so much for creating this. I know it'll helps me during my recovery from my past. It feels like making time capsules, something i've always wanted to do, but easier! Honestly, thank you again. - MThanks to this wonderful website, I've received the biggest surprise in my life. I have never thought that I could get a letter from myself in the past one day, and now it comes true. So amazing!!! - They! i love this website! i don't like writing a diary...but i love sending letters - i just started yesterday but i already sent 9 letters! in 2 days. thank you futureme! - aI have been using this since 2018. I'm only a newbie. But I have sent 20 letters in total! And it's thrilling to know there are a LOT of surprises waiting for me! I have received only 4 so far. CANT WAIT! Thank you for changing my life for the better! You deserve more recognition :) - H"Thanks for this creative idea, and I really hope you keep on this great work ♥ You couldn't tell how much you make me feel love this life more and more ^_^" - R"I've been using this since 2014, and every year on my birthday I get a letter from me a year ago :) Somehow these letters always have the perfect timing and find me when I'm upset to make me feel better. I like proving my past self wrong/right." - Y."Thanks for your site. I found it about 9 months ago and have already written 9 letters to the future. It somehow helps in moments where the present feels a little shaky. So thank you for making this available to people. I'm going to be paying my $3 a year for quite a while, I have a feeling. I've already gotten my money's worth out of it, I think. Keep being awesome!" - L."I love FutureMe. Thanks for creating this amazing website. It's been helping me a lot to see how I was, wow, I just have to thank you guys. Thank you very much." - L."I just want to say that I absolutely LOVE FutureMe. I've been writing letters to my Future Self for 8 years now, and since I always forget about it, I'm always surprised and often get emotional. So thank you so much for existing and doing this. I hope you will always continue to do so." - N."I just wanted to express how big of a role this website has played in my life. I've always been a bit of an introspective person and after discovering this website, the relationship I have with myself began to blossom in a way I never expected. I write emails to myself all the time, when I'm feeling sentimental, when I want someone to rant to (I find myself to be the best listener, and my future self often enjoys reading what was bothering me so many years ago and knowing how much none of it matters now :) ) I even started drunk-emailing my future self haha (sure beats drunk texting!). I've learned so much about myself writing these emails and reading them months/years later, and I've even started re-sending some emails further into the future with some additional comments, because I find they include memories I want to remember forever, and each time I read them it's from a new perspective and there's always something new to gain. To the creators of future me, I'm not sure your intentions of this service but whatever they were your creation has become a sort of physical manifestation of the metaphysical relationship I have with myself and my life and the emails stored here are little slices of my history that I'll treasure forever." - R."I love FutureMe. Whoever made this, has changed my life profoundly. I thank you from the depths of my soul." - M."I've been using this since 2014, and every year on my birthday I get a letter from me a year ago :) Somehow these letters always have the perfect timing and find me when I'm upset to make me feel better. I like proving my past self wrong/right." - Y."I've been sending letters to my future self for nearly a decade now, and every time I write one or they come in it's a great delight. I've recommended your website to countless people in a stressful or interesting situation in their lives and the feedback has been great. My greatest appreciation. The service you provide is invaluable and the $5 is the least I can contribute!"" - A."I received a letter from the past today, it was so beautiful and I love it. FutureMe is such a valuable service, and there is nothing like it! Thank you so much for what you do!" - C."I have been using this for the past decade. Thanks for continuing to give me a Sunday night of introspection every now and then" - K."Hey I just wanted to tell you I absolutely love this the letter I read today that was from 2 years ago honestly made me cry because I wasn't in the best state and the letter really boost my self-esteem so thanks for this amazing website I would sure be using it a lot now" - E.I love getting these letters each year since I forget every year that I sent one :-) What a wonderful idea this was. I just wanted to say thank you! - Jacque"Thank you so much for creating this project. I've been sending letters to myself for almost 3 years now, and they help me appreciate just how far I've come. So thank you, from me and from so many other people who have smiled or cried (or both) at messages from the past." - H."Today I sent my 10th Happy New Year letter to my future. This is where I talk about all the things that happened this year and discuss what I hope the following year will bring. I can't believe I have been using this for 10 years!" - J."This is such a great idea. It puts a huge smile on my face and makes me rethink my life and be thankful for all I have, every time I get a letter :)""I've been writing letters to myself since 2013, and every time I get a letter from the past me, I get as excited as I've gotten a letter from my crush or something! You see, I don't have a shrink, so in a way, my past self keeps me in check! And she's been doing a damn great job so far, thanks to you 😊." - A."I love love love this service! Makes me feel so good every time! Thank you so much for doing this." - J."Thank you so much for this site. I've enjoyed watching myself evolve annually for the past 10 years! It's a treat every year to hear from myself!" - C."I want you to know what a huge impact you've had on my life, how you've kept me strong in moments of need, how you've been a great listener, and how you've helped me learn so much about my personal development." - R."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!" - T."♥ 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." - F."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." - K."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." - R."I just wanted to say that you guys are doing a great thing. I received a birthday email yesterday from a friend who wrote it months ago, and I read it today. I hadn't realise how much I needed to receive something like that...it was a silly, light email, and I loved it..." - S."Thank you very much for this project. I almost forgot that I sent a message to myself a year ago, so it was the best present for me this year. Hope I will read my message again in 2018. Have a nice year, I wish you the best. ""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." - K."Whenever I get a email from my past , I get goosebumps. When I open the email and read what I wanted at that time and what I really became, it really helps me to understand what went wrong and what could I do better to make my future brighter." - U."I 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!" - T."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. :)" - R."I love future me. Receiving a message from the past is indeed magical." - Y."Thank you for this beautiful gift to us humans wanting to see growth in our experience of life." - Y."I received a letter this morning from myself, dated five years ago. What a beautiful gift that was. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart." - A."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." - A"You guys are amazing I love what you do and you are a huge help in my life for my personal recovery and healing process.""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!" - R."I love FutureMe. I've been writing myself a birthday letter every year since 2011. And when I forget about it, the surprise is amazing! It really makes your day. Writing the letter is also therapeutic. It helps me set my goals for the future, and reminds me to become a better person." - W."There is something special in hearing from your past self. You are the same person yet a better, more mature version. Older through experience, wiser through mistakes or victories. Futureme is the perfect platform to showcase human change - the creators may not have a psychology background but hit the nail on the head when they worked on the item that we ALL want - to be remembered or reminded. Bless you people, you are a truly making a difference." - O.I just wanted to say, you guys are wonderful. thanks for giving me this opportunity to bitch to my future self, or make sure my future self is motivated enough to do all the things my past self intended to do. - A.
"Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels" - Sometimes students need a little push to activate their imaginations.
A radiolab (great show!) about a letter delivered from beyond the grave (starts at the 45 minute mark)
Magazine feature article (and silly picture!) in the LA Times written by Pulitizer Prize winning author J.R. Moehringer
BoingBoing wrote an article about a copy-cat site by Forbes...but the readers came to our rescue (thanks guys!)
Experiential art project by Alberto Pepe featuring lots of red balloons and based on his paper studying the collective emotional perception of the future
We put together a book of the best "Public, but Anonymous" letters way back in 2007 - you can still find it on Amazon
"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."
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 freshens this age-old question by reframing it in email-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
"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
FutureMe was selected to be exhibited at ars electronica in austria, the largest musuem of digital art in the world.
"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.
- Davy Rothbart
Best-selling author of Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World
contributor to This American Life