Over the weekend I was randomly struck with the recollection that back in 1992, as a 10-year old, I had created a time capsule for my 30-year old self. After a day of searching and finding all kinds of wacky stuff in the process, I finally found my time capsule in a back corner of my mom’s storage space. What was in it? Well all sorts of awesome stuff, of course (at least, stuff I thought was awesome when I was 10)!
The first thing I saw when I opened the time capsule was Ruby, the one-armed doll that I’m surprised I was willing to part with when I was 10. I think it’s clear from looking at her that Ruby was well-loved. And after sitting in an old shoebox for two decades she must be pretty happy to be out.
Next was a letter to myself. At first I was a little disappointed that I hadn’t written something more poignant or meaningful. But then I thought about it again and realized, come on, I was 10! And I am glad I still “speack” English so I was able to read this letter.
The box contained a variety of “artifacts” from the life of my 10-year old self, complete with explanatory index cards—a Barbie doll in 80s attire (“so that in 2012 I will remember what toys I had”), a norfin troll doll (“to show what things I collect”), a pair of socks (“to show my taste in socks and other clothing”), bracelets (“so that I know what I wore as jewelry”) and more. Apparently I liked pink a little too much.
There were also a few pictures of myself and my twin brother (“to show what I looked like”)…because who knew if we’d still have pictures in the future!
But my favorite item in the box, by far, was a book I wrote, Me In 2012 by Megan O’Neill. The cover cracks me up.
The book holds all of my 10-year old self’s predictions for the year 2012, from fashion to popular TV shows, games, food and drinks and my predictions for myself.
Here’s a beautiful self-portrait of what I thought I’d look like in 2012. “Wow! People sure have changed since 1992!”
Here’s some of the clothing that I thought would be popular in 2012. I’m partial to the Rocket-Jet Sneakers and Hat with Wings. Looks like my vision of the future may have been a little skewed thanks to the Jetsons.
Some of the TV shows I thought would be popular included Fashion Matters (as opposed to Family Matters), Writing Cloud (as opposed to Reading Rainbow), Empty Apartment (you get it, right?), Hey Dudet, Poppy Street and How To Win At Gameboy.
Some expressions I thought would be popular in 2012 include “Wowsers!,” “Chill!,” “Fried Chicken,” “Totally Frozen,” “Cool-a-mania,” and “Don’t have a frog man.”
My favorite prediction was for the popular game G.I. Toe, which is just like G.I. Joe, but Joe is a toe. You “move G.I. Toe around a game board with stunts such as act like a robot, wear socks on your ears, wear a hat and balance fruit on it for one minute without laughing.” Sounds awesome, right? I know this prediction didn’t come true, but it should have! I feel like we could all use a little G.I. Toe in our lives.
Finding this time capsule made my weekend and I’ve been inspired to put together a time capsule from my 30-year old self to my 50-year old self. Who’s with me?!