Dear Future Self,
I read a post on Reddit earlier today that talked about our 3 selves: Past Self, Present Self and you, Future Self. I saved the post so I can go back and reread it but it suggests things like thanking your past self for what they have done for you and forgiving them for their mistakes. It’s not entirely foreign to me since I have already gone back and thanked Past Self for hanging in there long enough to get help with PMDD and for being brave enough to see it all through. It didn’t always feel like it at the time but Past Self was a badass! I’ve also forgiven Past Self for a lot of things because they were doing the best they could with limited resources.
The idea of you, Future Self, is somewhat new though. I have spent some time imagining what you might be like and what you might accomplish but I haven’t really invested much time or effort in you. The post says that Present Self should be making decisions that reflect what they want for Future Self. I like the idea because it might make Present Self more aware of the 1000s of decisions they make each day. Those little habits add up so if Present Self begins to make small decisions with Future Self in mind, Future Self is going to have a better time. Putting something away, saving a little cash, eating an extra veggie, doing 10 jumping jacks. All of those things will create a bit of momentum and make it easier for Future Self to carry that forward to something even better.
Past Self was great and I will never forget what they’ve done for Present Self but it’s time to shift the focus to you, Future Self.