If only time travel were truly a thing, I wouldn’t need to write this post.
I’m a big fan of journaling and been doing it for quite some time now. We have come a long way in this regard. From the times of writing thoughts and feelings and experiences down in personal diary, we now have various apps and portals that help journaling. Old fashioned way – do the journaling in a personal diary. New way – get an app, pay for subscription, and have your notes available on all your mobile devices. I like to keep things simple, for the most parts, so my journaling is handwritten letter on paper, scan that and keep a soft copy on my personal laptop. Hey, I love writing! Point is, go with what works for you the best.
Very recently, I read a post on Tim Ferriss’ blog here that talked about a dialogue with the three version of yourself – past, present and future. (We now live in a world full of disclaimers so here goes mine. Disclaimer: I do not know Tim personally and follow his posts socially only.) Although the post is now several months old at the time of this writing, it is still relevant no matter when you read it. On similar lines to the article, I’ve thought about this several times over the last few years on what I would communicate to my past, to my future and although I keep calming my inner being, what would I say to myself.
Let me give you a context. Very often, my wife and I have these random discussions about past and would I have done things differently if I were to start all over again. And almost always, my response has always been the same – “Nope, I’m glad of whatever transpired, whenever they happened, in whichever shape or form that they did, and that I’ve made my peace with my past. No regrets. No guilt. Of course I have made mistakes, in some occasions, they have been blunders but whatever happened, taught me something new. Each experience had a lesson for me, which has shaped me to a being now.” To this my wife response and expression usually is in the range of rolling her eyes or smiling.
One of the outcomes of me writing a letter to the three versions of myself taught me something very important. It made me recognize myself. It is not any less than a profound experience. I would strongly urge you to do this exercise. You will be surprised at what you discover within. And if you do decide to do so, let me help you. Here is what I covered in the three letters.
To my past
To my present
To my future
Have robots taken over? Was the movie Terminator really a prophecy come true? Are humans now slave of machines? What is going on?
Well, those were just some of the questions I asked to my future self. I told him the changes I’m making in my life now to maneuver my life in a direction that would make me proud and happy. I asked him how I was as a parent, how my children were? How is my wife? Were they happy? I asked him about my best friends and how they were doing in their lives and if I had made any impact in theirs? And oh, forget about six but did I get atleast one ab? Have I successfully gotten rid of the love handles? They are so hard to get rid off. How’s my website doing? Has my daily visitor count spiked? Am I making a difference in lives of people through my articles? What can I do more to improve myself? You know, just those curious questions to figure out how future shaped up hoping I’ve made the right choices, and just closing with a small prayer hoping it all continues to work out.
Sometimes we as individuals need to do these kinds of exercise to awaken ourselves, realize what is important, appreciate what we have and work towards our achievements. If you have not done so, I urge you to do so. But then again, if only time travel were a thing, we wouldn’t need to do this.
What are some of the things that you would like to tell your past, present and future? How would you assure your past younger self and also future you? Take a moment and comment below. I’m looking forward to seeing your responses.