Monday, May 27, 2013

Blast from the Past (Literally)

Yesterday, upon checking my email, I found a rather strange message in my inbox. It took me a moment to figure out what it was.



I have not graduated from Greenville. Thank you for the reminder, past self.

Actually, I have changed my major (and school) since then. Plus, the Greenville program was not designed for a two-year graduation anyway. A fact I did not know at the time.

Pushing the reasoning to the side, it was cool to receive a message from myself sent two years previous. I remember it now. In 2011, I stumbled across a site (FutureMe.org) that allows people to send emails to be sent at some point in the future. Having just gotten my Bachelor's and expecting to have my Master's in another 2 years, I sent a congratulations to myself.

There is a legitimate reason for me not having accomplished this goal, but maybe I could use this site for future shame motivation. Knowing that I will have an encouraging message congratulating me for the epic moments in my life will give me a little extra push to further enjoy the message when it arrives. Or, even better, I could send congratulatory messages to myself about things that are not on track right now. Knowing that the message is coming will be embarrassing if I have not accomplished it by the time it arrives, so I will have the extra motivation to try harder and make it happen.

Examples:

To be received 15 months from today:
Dear Future Brett,
     Congratulations on graduating Summa Cum Laude from LCU. Your dedication and perseverance paid off.
To be received on August 18, 2017:
Dear Future Brett, 
     Many congratulations on being hired into the TESOL program at the University of Maui. With your credentials and talent, there was no reason you should have doubted yourself.
To be received on December 3, 2017:
Dear Future Brett,
     Wow!!! You were promoted to the head of the linguistic department in less than one semester after being hired. Congratulations on having your skills recognized so quickly.
To be received on February 19, 2021:
Dear Future Dr. Minor,
     Good luck at the U.N. Cultural Relations division. They knew what they were doing when they hired you. After establishing peace in the Middle East during your Israeli/Pacific Islands language professor exchange, you were the obvious choice.
To be received on October 8, 2024:
Dear Future Intergalactic Peace Director Minor,
     The entire planet owes you their undying gratitude for talking down the alien invaders last month. You really went above and beyond using your language skills to help settle the grievances against them from the Orion Trade Alliance. Being welcomed back into the Alliance, they now have no need for the resources of our planet. The Nobel Peace Prize was well deserved.
Now that I am sending out these emails to myself, I have no choice but to do two things.
  1. NEVER change my email address.
  2. Avoid any shame by not accomplishing the goals I am being congratulated for.
The entire universe will become a better place because I discovered this website. Be sure to send them a donation.

18 comments:

  1. I'd be happy to send them a donation,

    ........can I email them a post dated cheque?

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    1. That's genius. Everyone should do that?

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  2. Bwahahahahahahahaha. Those are some very lofty goals too.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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  3. Looks like you've got your work cut out for you. Also, thanks in advance for saving the world. Again.

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    1. You are very welcome. I try to keep things running.

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  4. OMG... I totally need to do this. It'll be just like Back to the Future... But, without time travel, or Michael J Fox... Or... A mad scientist... Or... A...

    I guess it really won't be like that at all.

    HugS

    Valerie

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    1. It may not have all those other things, but you COULD destroy a clock.

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  5. If only sending the email guaranteed that whatever you wrote would come true! And my other thought was that this would be a great, yet sad site for someone with no friends. Or someone with multiple personality disorder!!

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    1. Yeah. Other than reminders, I don't know what practical use this site has.

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  6. ok, I have to send some of these!

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    1. I did go ahead and send these out for the days I have listed. By the time I get them, I may not remember what they are.

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  7. One of your loyal readers nominated you for the 4th of July BBQ King.

    You will be notified if you win!

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    1. Thank you. I will head over to check it out.

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