Do your parents, or maybe even your grandparents, still have things from when they were your age? That black and white photograph from school? Those old toy cars? That 1972 comic book? That Beatles vinyl album?
So why don’t you make a time capsule? So you – or someone else in the future – can look back on your life in 2015.
What’s the best container?
If it’s going to be buried underground, and exposed to water and insects, then you need something made of strong metal or plastic. But if it’s going to be in the house, then you can use an old shoebox, suitcase, a biscuit tin or anything else.
Where are you going to put it?
Somewhere safe! One metre deep next to that oak tree in the forest? In your garden, if you have one, under the roses? Or somewhere at home….in the attic…..under your bed?
Who is it for?
Scientists have already sent four time capsules into space, and an 18 m2 room called the Crypt of Civilisation in Atlanta, USA, was sealed in 1940 and will be opened in the year 8113, so why don’t you do something a little more personal? Prepare your capsule, close it, and address it to yourself for a very original 20th, 30th or 40th birthday present.
What are you going to put inside?
Well, I know you love bananas, and your pet hamster, Hammy, but they may not look quite so nice after spending 15 years in a box. Include a photo of them if you like (plus some of your friends and family) … the song you listen to every day … that funny ‘whatsapp’ from your best friend…this month’s copy of your favourite magazine … that bracelet you’re wearing … that old toy you still have in your room … anything you like (except Hammy and the banana). And finally, a letter to the future you, describing your life now, your feelings and your hopes.
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