Recording A Video To Your Future Self
When I first came up with the idea of a digital time capsule, I was eager to try and record a video as a test. I had no idea what it would be like.
Its funny, because the first thing I realised when I began recording was just how weird and unnatural it was. It was so unlike anything I’d ever done before, I mean, this was me talking to myself in the future!
But… I really enjoyed it.
Despite feeling a bit weird on camera , the entire concept of speaking to my future self was just mind blowing.
The Applications are Limitless
After sharing this process with many people from different backgrounds, I started to realise just how many applications there could be for a product like this.
An expectant mother told me how she would use it to document the birth and significant milestones of her child, she would lock that away in a time capsule till their 18th birthday. She wanted to capture her thoughts, feelings and even her fears for herself and child as they grow up.
I was speaking to an older person about this and they said they would love to be able to send a message to their unborn Grandchild that they may never meet as they had only been given a short time to live.
There is not enough space as I could go on forever with ideas plus I don’t want to limit your Imagination on how you can use Encapsulator. The applications are limitless!
Watching The Video Later
It’s been over 3 years since I first made my video, and just recently I took the opportunity to re-watch what I had previously recorded. It was such profound experience, the first thing I became aware of was how different I looked (in my opinion anyway).
As I started listening to myself, I realised I couldn’t remember answering these questions. It was so interesting and satisfying to see that I was still on the same track, and my predictions and goals I’d set for myself were coming true.
My last answer, in which I spoke about my relationship with my son, even brought a tear to my eye. It made me realise just how well I had done over the past 3 years, and made me even more excited to take this project public.
Thoughts and Realisations
I realised that not every individuals journey will go so well. The simple fact of life is that there are many ups and downs, and some people just seem to be dealt the rough end of the stick.
I have a friend of that I had asked to record a video to themselves at the same time I did, and he had not achieved all the goals he had set out for himself. But in his last answer to himself, he spoke about his motivations and as a result he found the entire experience uplifting and made him attack life with a renewed sense of purpose.
In testing this concept, I’ve captured over 65 people recording video messages to their future selves, using the same format and structure, and as a result I have received some very positive feedback. Without fail, every single person loved the experience and found it motivating watching their video back later. I now want to help others.
It is so exciting that I’ve been able to get this project to a stage we can open it to the public.
Do not let this opportunity go, every moment in life is precious.
Capture them now!
by Danny Shannon