I'm guessing that you, like me, have choices and decisions we wish we had stuck with or done differently - last month, last year, or a decade ago. If only we could get ourselves to make those wise decisions TODAY! How grateful our future selves would be!
Enter: future self continuity. This research shows that the more real we can make our future selves to our present selves, the more likely we are to act in ways our future selves will appreciate. I take this info and put it in the context of art-making and creative work and YES. I want you to take your future self out on a date.
Hal Hershfield's TEDx talk on "How Can We Help Our Future Selves?"
Hal Hershfield: Future self-continuity: how conceptions of the future self transform intertemporal choice
Daniel Goldstein's TEDSalon talk on "The Battle Between Your Present and Future Self"
Dan Gilbert's TED talk on the Psychology of Your Future Self