I love the idea of a time capsule. I’d always just had a hard time figuring out what to put in one and why that stuff would matter in the future since I keep a journal that I don’t put in sealed boxes. I’d also struggled with what I’d use for the container. I liked the idea of burying it, but I move too much to guarantee I’d be in that spot to open it. I’ve written letters to my future self though. Reading them usually makes me roll my eyes at how sappy my past self was.
Three years ago we made a time capsule for our first anniversary that we are going to open on our tenth anniversary. The whole thing was put into a manila envelope and put in our filing cabinet. I finally found a container I could get behind. I’m sure when we open it I’ll still think I was real sappy (we wrote letters to each other). But at the same time I’m glad we did it. And I’m excited to see how much things have changed and how much they’ve stayed the same when we do open it.
Maybe my problem has always been that I’ve over thought the whole time capsule thing, trying to make it super significant. Really you’re just capturing one moment in time, not necessarily a significant one. And maybe some day I’ll get over my sappiness. In our world of digital everything, a time capsule of physical objects might be even more meaningful in the future.
Have you ever made a time capsule? What did you put in it? What would you put in one if you made one now?