By • 22 September 2020
Memories offers a way to record personal messages today to pass onto loved ones at a time you choose. Through Future Messages, you can record and schedule messages to send to loved ones weeks, months or years into the future. So you can be there for special occasions and important milestones in your loved one's life. No one wants to miss out on life’s most important moments. From birthdays to weddings or anniversaries, record a personalised message to those you love that will be sent at just the right time. Likewise, you can simply send a future message to yourself, whether for fun or as a digital letter from your past self.
Read on to learn about the five ways you can use Memories' Future Messages feature.
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The great thing about the Future Messages feature is that you can record your messages today, and then send it to a specified date in the future. Although we don't like to think about it, the reality is that life is short. Our time with our loved ones on Earth is limited and the sand in the hourglass drops with each second that passes. We can't predict the future, but with today's ground-breaking technology, we can send messages to the future even after we've passed away.
Those who are bravely battling terminal illnesses, such as cancer, or life-altering diseases like dementia can use Future Messages to send messages to their loved ones. Even after departing to the afterlife, a critically-ill individual can provide comfort to their loved ones through their presence. Although Future Messages cannot pause the mechanisms of life and death, it can "immortalise" your love, your words, wisdom, and your presence.
You don't have to be critically-ill to use Future Messages. You can record messages to your children now and set them to be sent when they're older. For example, you can do a video blog of being a young parent when your children are still babies. You can then send your message to a date when they'll be teenagers, or even young adults. This will remind your kids, in a humorous way, of the trials and tribulations you went through raising them. They will surely shed a tear or two (happy ones, of course) seeing just how much love and care you gave them when they were infants. These types of Future Messages are a great way to bond with your children, whether now, tomorrow, in the future, or forever.
If you're a young, healthy, single person, it doesn't mean you can't have fun with Memories' Future Messages feature. In fact, many people use apps like Future Messages to send messages to themselves. Receiving a message from your past self is quite exciting and you'll never get tired of the surprise when you get it. There's just something very sci-fi about it, as if a time traveler is communicating with you.
In a sense, sending a message to your future self is a form of blogging or journaling, because you're recording how your life and mindset is during a particular time in your evolution as a person. The person I was a decade ago is a complete stranger to me. Perhaps it's the same for you. In any case, Future Messages allow you to reflect back on the person you once were, and it's interesting to hear what you had to say.
Get creative and do all sorts of experiments with your Future Messages. For example, try to predict the future. When you finally do receive the message in the future, you can either laugh at how wrong you were with your predictions, or be shocked that your predictions were more accurate was than Nostradamus's.
You can take Future Messages to yourself a step further by using them as reminders. Think of them as a long-term version of notifications on your calendar app. However, unlike reminders on calendar or project management apps, your message can be longer and more meaningful. For instance, if your goal is to become a publish novelist in 5 years, you can record a motivational talk to yourself. Tell yourself to never give up, stop being lazy, stop procrastinating, and to focus on your big goal. In life, it's very easy to fall back into our comfort zone, to lose steam after the initial hype. That's why a majority of New Years resolutions fail before even the end of Spring. When you receive that message from your past self, back when you were a hungry young writer, you'll probably feel bad (in a motivating way) for losing sight of your goal. It will remind and inspire you to get back on track, and to finally accomplish your long-term goal.
Another great way to use Future Messages is to record celebration messages for future holidays, milestones, and occasions. For example, it's August now and you know you'll be moving to Tokyo by the start of December. That means you'll most likely miss out on celebrating with family and close friends back home. You can record a holiday greeting to your loved ones and set it to be sent during Christmas. That way, your presence will be felt even if you're on the opposite hemisphere.
Likewise, you can record a message for a loved one's wedding if you feel you won't be able to attend. You might be asking yourself, Why not just record one on the day of the wedding or close to the date? Well, how often do we end up forgetting about events because of our busy lives, or due to unforeseen circumstances? By recording now, when it's still fresh in your mind, you decrease the chance of missing the date altogether.
You can also record a greeting with your child in the video and then send it to them when you think they'll be graduating high school or college. Imagine the emotions they'll feel seeing themselves as a toddler sitting on your lap, while you as a young dad or mom congratulates them on their major milestone more than a decade later. That would be a mind-blowing moment.
As you can see, there are numerous ways to use Memories' Future Messages feature. Get creative, have fun, and remember that the concept of time is irrelevant when it comes to sharing a moment with your loved ones.