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Around 5 or 6 years ago, I came across a website where I could schedule letters to myself a year in advance.
Having low tolerance for things that “take time”, I’d write sporadically. I used this website to vent my frustration and sadness. I didn’t think much of it at first.
Now you might be wondering, “Should I do this too?” I list a few reasons why below!
Expand your hobbies.
Depending on how you usually express yourself, writing about a day or event can seem strange or straight-up uncomfortable.
Sometimes we don’t want to ‘relive’ or recreate emotions that make us angry, sad or frustrated. That’s normal. It’s our brain’s way of protecting us!
However, being able to sit back and reflect on our lives in such a way can be hugely beneficial. Not just mentally, but emotionally too.
Expand your hobbies while expressing your emotions!
It could improve communication.
If you’re like me, you may struggle to communicate how you really feel. This can be minor to severe, depending on your past and current experiences.
Typing out how you’re feeling can help with communication because it forces your brain to think about the words you want to use.
If the words sound off or “not like you” then it’s as easy as pressing ‘delete‘. Of course, in real life, there isn’t a button we can press. However, finding an outlet to be honest about an event, person and ourselves, can translate in our relationships.
The present is a gift.
The beauty of technology is that there are so many apps to help us live our lives easier.
Using this platform to schedule letters to your future self is no different. You can add nuggets of wisdom and motivational quotes or videos.
Being reminded of our accomplishments and strengths through the rough patches in life can give us perspective. It can also give us the strength to continue forward especially on the days that seem dull.
Whether you receive a letter on the weekend, at the end of the day or in the morning, it can be a source gratitude for the things you’ve learned and accomplished. That, my friend, is a gift.
It can help you see the positive in every situation.
When writing, I tried my best to end each letter on a good note. Sometimes it was effortless. Sometimes I had to sit and think about what positivity I could possibly find that day. Even though it was difficult, one positive thing helped me on my road to a positive mindset.
There are pros and cons in most situations. Being aware of them can help us see life in a realistic, logical way.
In Part 2, I will share some of my personal letters with you as examples on what to write and how easy it can be when you leave the over-thinking at the door!
You simply have to start. Whether it’s writing, creating or working — just begin!
Image by Nicole Honeywill.