Are you thinking about the future?
Chances are, nearly everyone is at some point during their day. It’s human nature.
Our lives follow a pattern. We get up, do our thing, and go to bed. In between waking up and falling asleep, we are living our lives consciously, or at least we are supposed to be.
How often do you find yourself, during the day, thinking about tomorrow, or next week, or next month, or some event coming up down the road?
I would wager good money, that all of us do this at some point throughout our day, even if we are busy. The question is:
Why are we so infatuated with our future, that we can’t live in the present?
Step Into The Future
Future is simply the present that is yet to come (sounds a bit Christmas Carol-esque, sorry!). If we accept it as that, then we will never even live in the future, because when it comes around it will be the present, the present we dare not live in.
Are we afraid to live in the moment?
Or do we want to look to the future because we believe, somehow, it will be better, happier, richer?
People think about the future for a number of different reasons. Perhaps you are studying for a degree or have exams coming up, and you think about future assignments, deadlines, exams, etc. Maybe you have a big meeting in work next week, that you have to present at. Usually people think about the future for two different reasons:
- They have an event coming up which they are worried out (negative).
- They have an event coming up which they are looking forward to (positive).
Either way, neither are good enough reasons to detract from the present. You are only ever Living in the present. You aren’t living in the future. You can’t live in the future, so stop trying to.
If you do that, you will never enjoy what you have in life, you will never enjoy the organic, ephemeral nature of life and things unfolding before your very eyes.
When you’re young, you naturally think about where your life will head. You dream of the perfect job you will hopefully have, the place where you’ll hopefully live, and maybe the person you’ll hopefully spend it with.
Generally, when you’re young, you think about only good things ahead.
As time passes, these dreams or future thoughts become the present and will either work out, or (more likely) not work out.
This is ok.
People think it’s not, but it is.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live” — Albus Dumbledore.
While our minds constantly look to the future for better times, we must remind ourselves that it is in the here and now where we can do something. Those who wait for a better day to come, will never be happy.
For in your mind, everyday that is not a later one, will be worse. We need to change our thoughts and realise that the day, today, is the only time we have.
Our lives are not lived in the world of tomorrow, but in the realm of today.
I’ll leave you with a quote from my favourite character, in my favourite movie trilogy (Doc Brown from Back to the Future), when asked about the future:
“It means your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one, both of you.”
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