If you could write a message in a bottle to your former self, what would it be?
For the longest time, I didn’t have a clue.
Now, I know what I’d write to myself when I was in high school or early college.
I’d tell myself to find some career mentoring. I’d also remind myself to take very good care of my teeth – those things are incredibly expensive to fix! And I’d tell myself very gently that all this time I was spending in artistic pursuits wouldn’t mean anything if I didn’t push myself to actually improve. I’d tell myself to get into weight lifting and a high protein diet when I went to college, and spend more time in STEM classes even if it meant getting a tutor. Last of all, I’d remind myself that clearcut goals would let me go very far, instead of paddling around in low wage jobs for years after I got out.
I’d have quite a few things to say if I could throw a message to my former self. Maybe she’d even read them and listen. Who knows?
Now, here’s the more interesting question. If you could write a message in a bottle to your future self, what would it be? Put another way, imagine your future self. What things would they have wanted you to know now?
Everything we do right now is a message to our future self. How much care we take of ourself, how much money we save, how much we learn every day, what we do in our spare time, everything.
It can be useful and even fun to think about the future self we are creating at this very moment.