How to Write a Letter to Your Future Self

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How to Write a Letter to Your Future Self
Use a friendly, informal style to write a letter to yourself. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Writing a letter to yourself for future reading is similar to a personal time capsule. Such a letter may include messages of hope, reminders of an event in your life or admonishments of things not to be forgotten. Whatever the reason for the composition of a letter to be read at a future date, writing this informal, friendly letter follows the same rules of letter-writing used for corresponding with yourself or anyone else in the present time.

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Things you need

  • Pen and paper or computer

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  1. 1

    Write the date the letter is composed in the upper right corner of the paper.

  2. 2

    Write a salutation, also called a greeting, to yourself. For example, Dear (your name), Hello future self, or Dear (your name) of 20__(specific date to be read, if any). A greeting conveys welcome.

  3. 3

    Write a paragraph explaining why you are writing the letter to yourself.

  4. 4

    Write a paragraph for each subject you wish to cover in the letter. For example, in the second paragraph, you may wish to discuss a traumatic event that has happened to you. In the third paragraph you may wish to detail what you did to move beyond the event. In the final paragraph, you may wish to give a message of hope to your future self that you can make it through hardships. Create a new paragraph for each subject.

  5. 5

    Include a closing. Common closures are "sincerely," "best wishes" or "thank you for your time." Sign your name below the closure.

  6. 6

    Add a post script at the bottom of the last page if you forget to write something in the body of the letter. A post script is often referred to as P.S. and was necessary in the days before computers, when adding information required rewriting or retyping the entire letter.

Tips and warnings

  • Seal the letter in an envelope or back it up on a CD. Store the letter in a safe deposit box or in a fireproof document container. Vacuum packing a paper letter will help ensure the paper does not deteriorate or yellow with age or exposure to moisture.
  • Committing thoughts to writing preserves those thoughts for future reading. Consider whether you would wish others to read your letter after your death.

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