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If you were to write your future self a letter, what would you say? Would you give yourself advice and inspiration? Would you preserve memories the might be later forgotten? Would you write about the tech you use now so you can laugh at it in the future?
If the idea of sending your future self a letter is appealing, then check out OhLife Time Capsule, a free service that will deliver your letter via email in the future, up to 10 years from when you send it.
When I was younger, my friend Michelle and I used to make predictions for our lives a year ahead, seal them in an envelope to be opened on the anniversary of when we wrote them. Our problem was that when we got together a year later we could never find the envelope!
You won’t have that problem with OhLife Time Capsule.
How OhLife Time Capsule Works
OhLife Time Capsule is a simple concept — write a letter to yourself and send it to your email address for delivery up to 10 years in the future.
To get started go to OhLife Time Capsule and:
• Type your letter to your future self
• Enter your email address
• Choose the date, up to 10 years from the date you send the letter
• Click Submit
Ideas for Your Time Capsule Letter
You can pen predictions of what life will be like for you 10 years from now to see if they come true.
You can give yourself a pep talk to appreciate all the good things in your life.
You can write about special times and people to capture memories.
What Else You Need to Know
→ Sending yourself an OhLife Time Capsule email is free, though a premium service is available for $5/year. The premium service includes features such as the ability to send yourself multiple letters, store your letters, add photos, schedule reminders to write more letters and other features.
→ Make sure you keep your same email address so that you’ll receive your Time Capsule email on the designated date. If the email address you use is connected to your Internet Service Provider or job, you may miss receiving your Time Capsule message far in the future.
Consider whether you should get an email address that won’t ever change no matter where you work or who provides your Internet service.
→ OhLife promises not to spam. Sending yourself your Time Capsule letter shouldn’t result in your inbox being flooded with ads.
→ Your letter can only include text, no photos or videos. If you want to be reminded of a photo without upgrading to the premium account, you can add a link to a photo storage site such as Flickr. See, Flickr – The Solution to Your Photo Storage Issues for information on how you can get 1 TB (= 1000 GB) of free photo storage from Flickr.
→ Give yourself some time to write your letter. The farther ahead in time you schedule your letter to be received, the more changes will occur. If you’re looking towards the future, the predictions may be quite emotional. Allow yourself time and space to reflect upon this exercise.
I set my letter to be delivered for 10 years from now and then started writing. I realized that my beloved dog Astro would be gone by then (he turns 9 this year) and that my amazing daughters would be grown and have started their careers.
Many changes will occur in 10 years, some for the good and some for the not-so-good. And some changes that may seem not-so-good may turn out to be blessings in disguise.
Have you ever written a letter to yourself that you opened much later? Were your predictions correct? Are you going to give OhLife a try? Let us know in the Comments section below!