Free-Write Friday: A Letter to the Future

Every Friday, Jake and I will be doing free-writes together. This means we will pick the same writing prompt from 642 Things to Write About, write separately, then post. Neither of us have any idea what the other will write until they post, so if they are similar, it is only because we spend entirely too much time together. Here is my post, and I will link Jake’s here.

“You’re filling a time capsule to bury in the backyard that will be dug up in five hundred years. Write the letter you’d put inside to describe life as you know it today.”

Dear People of the Future,

Greetings from the year 2013! I’m assuming that if you are reading this, it means the world hasn’t ended, so that’s good news. So much has changed in just the 20 years that I’ve been alive that I can’t even begin to imagine what the world looks like in 2513.

To give you a sense of where the world is right now, here is a list of some of the great things that have happened in my lifetime:

  • The rise of wireless internet, and with it a boom in technology, making computers smaller and more advanced than we ever thought was possible!
  • The Harry Potter series were released. (books and movies)
  • We elected the first black President.
  • We survived the Mayan prediction of the Apocalypse in 2012.
  • Fifteen states have legalized gay marriage.

…And the not so great:

  • 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
  • An unprecedented rise in school shootings and bombings
  • A rise in natural disasters
  • Global Warming
  • The Westboro Baptist Church spreading hate ‘in the name of God’

My generation has the unique opportunity to have perspective of both the past, and the future. We were born in the transition period between the 20th and 21st centuries.

With the internet so readily available, we are able to get information in a blink of an eye, connect with people on the opposite side of the globe, and instantly share our ideas and creations with the world.

With all of this technology, however, sometimes I worry we are becoming too dependent on our devices. People nowadays are glued to their smartphones, often preferring texting to face-to-face communication. I fear we are slowly losing the ability and desire to have genuine, personal interactions with people. I really hope this will change in the next 500 years.

Good luck with the world, sorry we kinda screwed it up for you,

Emily, 2013