Hello friends! As you may know, my birthday just came and went. I always get a little introspective on my birthday and I think about how I’ve spent my last year and what I’m doing with my life. Then it occurred to me to write down a spread in my bullet journal to commemorate the day and create a birthday time capsule! How can I resist?
One of the neat things about the bullet journal is that I can use it as a time capsule to look back years later and see what was going on in my life. I also like the idea of writing a direct message to older me and tucking it away to find later, an Easter Egg to stumble upon in the future.
My Time Capsule:
I opened to a fresh page in my Leuchtturm 1917 and wrote out Birthday – imaginative, I know. Then I wrote how old I was turning and the day, just in case I forgot. I wrote down a few major changes in my life since my last birthday so I can remember the milestones of my recent year. It’s been a big year, to say the least!
I like the idea of messages to your older self and younger self, so I decided to write to 13 year old me and 33 year old me. I think I might want to keep this tradition going, because it really makes me think of something good to say about where I am in my life at this moment. It feels important. I want to immortalize this because it will show my state of mind at this point in my life. My advice will change, surely, as I get older and wiser, so being able to look back through the years at my young advice is going to be a connection through the years to a younger, different me. It’s a nice thought, anyway.
Then I just wrote down my favorite aspects of the day. It really was a fun day, being able to be productive and lazy, alone and with friends. I don’t know about best birthday ever because I can’t remember the details of past birthdays, but it was really chill and I loved it.
I actually wrote the spread with my birthday gift from Jon. He got me a Pilot Metropolitan, along with 10 samples of ink that I’m slowly working through. I wrote this page with Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts, which is a lovely dusky blue. I may need to get the full sized bottle because it is a gorgeous color.
Your Birthday Time Capsule:
So what would you write down on your birthday page? There are a ton of things you could preserve in your journal from your recent year, so think outside of the box!
1. Books you’ve read
2. Concerts you’ve gone to
3. Personal accomplishments
4. Demographics (weight, job, relationship status, income, etc)
6. Current projects
7. New friends you’ve made
8. Classes you’ve taken
9. Things you’ve learned
10. Dreams and aspirations
11. Favorite Things
12. Places you’ve traveled
13. Letter to yourself
Even doing this one time is a reward for future you, but it’s much better if you do it again and again. You will have a treasure trove of memories recorded in ink so you won’t forget those details. I couldn’t tell you what my specific life goals were when I was 17, so they are lost forever in a sea of speculation and doubt. Your future self will thank you for having the foresight to immortalize your current self. Another great method for capturing snippets of yourself for future reading is writing Morning Pages, so you could do something like this every day instead of just on your birthday.
No matter how flawed you think you are or how much strife you are going through, your journey shapes who you are, and it is important to really remember your history. So write your history in the pages and reap the reward for years, even generations if you desired. Time passes quickly and before we know it, we are 23 or 35 or 50, so write it down while you can remember it.
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