Letters to Your Future Self

Thomas Hook is not the only important figure in history to send himself a postcard. American writer and author of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, also famously mailed himself a postcard while staying at Hollywood hotel, the Garden of Allah, in the late 1930s. 

Nearly bankrupt, struggling with his sobriety, and estranged from his wife, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood in 1937. Despite his reported disdain for movie work, MGM had offered him a lucrative deal, making $1,000 a week as a screenwriter. 

During his two years in California, Fitzgerald rented an apartment at the Garden of Allah bungalows on Sunset Boulevard. He lived modestly, reporting each day to his small office on the third floor of the writers’ building, where he drank copious amounts of Coca-Cola in an effort to abstain from alcohol. Fitgerald worked on several projects during his time at MGM, including “Three Comrades” and “Gone with the Wind,” but with little success. Film Director, Billy Wilder, likened Fitzgerald’s short-lived screenwriting career as, “a great sculptor who is hired to do a plumbing job.” 

It was later discovered that during this time Fitzgerald had apparently mailed himself a postcard, giving us some insight into his loneliness at the time. 

Fitzgerald postcard to himself

Take a page out of Fitzgerald’s book and write a note to yourself. It may be just the encouragement your future self needs or a powerful way to remember how you’re feeling in a given moment. Once it’s out of your head and down on paper, you may see a situation more clearly. It’s why journaling with pen and paper is still a booming industry. Take a moment to drop yourself a line. You deserve it! 

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Cover photo by: Emma Dorge


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