"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
"Thanks guys, this is such a great idea. Puts a huge smile on my face and makes me rethink my life and be thankful for all I have, every 3 years :)" - Pedro
"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!" - Jen
"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 😊." - Aya
"I love love love this service! Makes me feel so good every time! Thank you so much for doing this." - Joan
"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!" - Chari
"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."
"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!"
"♥ 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."
"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."
"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."
"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..."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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. :)"
"I love future me. Receiving a message from the past is indeed magical."
"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."
"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." - Anonymous User
"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!"
"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."
"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
"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