"Whenever my family used to go on a trip, the last thing my mother would do before she walked out the door was to make her bed nicely, with clean sheets and everything. When I asked her once why she went through all that trouble to make a bed that she wasn't going to sleep in all week, she said, 'It's a present that I give to my future self, because I know she'll appreciate that, when she gets back home.'
I think this was the first time I grasped the idea of having a 'future self' who is different from the person I was at the moment.
It was something about my mother calling her future self 'she' - not 'I'...an awareness that this future self was a totally separate being.
And it was definitely the first time I considered that you could be NICE to your future self - doing her favors, leaving her treats, making the bed for her..."
I'm writing this in advance since I'll be on vacation by the time you read this, but I thought I'd share this passage from
Elizabeth Gilbert that's been on my mind this week as I prepare for my own trip.
What can you do this week for your future self!?