A lot of children write letters to themselves 10, 15, 20 years into the future. They express their desires, expectations, and plans for where they hope to be in the long run. Jeremiah McDonald did something similar, but went a bit further by videotaping an interview with his future self.
McDonald recorded himself on a VHS tape 20 years ago and asked the kinds of questions any 12-year-old would want to know about his future: will my pet still be alive? Will I still be a fan of Dr. Who? Will I keep up with my drawing habit?
The 32-year-old McDonald answers these questions to his past self in a video that has gone viral on the web, getting five million views since it was posted last Thursday, even getting the attention of celebs like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Steven Moffat.
McDonalds expressed to Entertainment Weekly that he believes the video has gained a lot of traction in a short period of time because people connect to the idea behind the video. And it’s easy to see why; McDonalds created a complete narrative and even included a moment of contemplative thought, similar to one many of us might have if we were able to talk to our own wide-eyed past selves.
The video is also hilarious, and that always helps.
Check it out!