“What happens to us in the future? Do we become assholes or something?” — Marty McFly

This was the view from my window when I opened up Gmail this morning. Since I had just realized what day it is, I already knew what I was going to find in my inbox.

On December 21, 2012 (incidentally, the last day of the Mayan calendar – which somehow meant the end of the world), whilst casually surfing through cyberspace, I came across FutureMe.
This delightfully gimmicky site allows you to send yourself an email on a specified date in the future. Obviously I jumped on this opportunity to share my infinite wisdom with a future version of myself — and being a fan of the Back to the Future series, I chose today to grace myself with my own reverence.

“Hey Joanna,
It’s me from the past.  
I just wanted to check in to make sure you’re still doing fun shit with you’re life and not being boring or sad or anything dumb like that. Hope you’re still taking lots of pictures, going on sweet adventures, and dispensing winks and high-fives in abundance. And own a hover skate board.

Admittedly, I gave out a lot more winks and high-fives when I worked with kids on a daily basis — but this is good advice nonetheless.

This message – though not very deep and written on a whim – came at a time I needed to hear it. It’s good to be reminded not to take things so seriously once in a while, and be thankful for every little beautiful thing that goes right. Just keep doing things I love and trust that I’ll align myself with the right path. And start saving up for a hover board.

The future is here!

Marty McFly

Image © Universal Pictures

You are exactly where you need to be.