A letter to your future self.

letter writing, inspiration

As a writer I do a lot of reading, both old school (newspapers, magazines and books), but also new wave, (digital, websites, e-books and blogs).

I am always looking out for trends, ideas or inspiration that I can share with Art of Adventure followers and readers that will encourage them to take the path of the “Adventurous Life”.

Art of Adventure strongly believes in discovering new ideas and thoughts that will help or inspire our followers. One of the blogs I follow is ArtofManliness.com a blog dedicated primarily to the interests of men but one that should be of utmost interest to women trying to understand men. Recently Art of Manliness (Brett & Kate McKay) offered up this post

7 Letters to Write Before You Turn 70.

In the post it says; “There are 7 types of letters I suggest every man (I would add every woman) write at least once before turning 70. Each kind of letter covers a different part of the human experience, and provides a benefit to both the writer and the recipient” Art of Manliness

The 7 letters suggested are these;

  1. A Letter of Congratulations
  2. A Letter to Your Father
  3. A Letter of Condolence/Sympathy
  4. A Letter to Your Future Self
  5. A Love Letter
  6. A Letter of Encouragement
  7. A Letter of Gratitude

While all of these ideas for letters are excellent and I suggest you read the full blog post to learn about all of them, there was one in particular that stood out to me.

A Letter to You Future Self.

Whether you are a man or a woman, writing a letter to your future self is a brilliant idea. It will make you think about and ponder your life in a way that most of us rarely do these days. To do it you will need to take stock of where you are currently in your life with respect to your previous goals, current thoughts, ideas and ambitions and carefully examine where you would like your “future self”to be.

Imagine opening up your letter 1, 3, 5, 10 or even 20 years from now. What will you think about the person you are now and the person you will be then?

Many motivational writers encourage you to write down your goals and objectives, and then at some future date see how you measure up. But “a letter to you future self” seems like it should be a bit more intimate. I might suggest that when you write this letter to your future self that you write about your feelings regarding other issues of a personal nature. How do you feel about God, your family, your health, politics, and your place in the universe and how it is unfolding?

Sure, list your other “goals and objectives”but leave plenty of room for your personal thoughts, ideas and dreams. I assure you that you will be fascinated with what you write sometime in the future. Think of it as your own literary time capsule.

As will many great ideas, we barely seem to have the time to accomplish them, but with this one in particular I think you should make the time. Now go ahead, pen, paper and envelope. It’s easy, do it now. Your “Future Self” will thank you.

Nicolas Hale  Contributing Writer – Art of Adventure

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