Sometimes I feel like so much of what we do is based on this “future” mentality. We work towards all these goals to get to other goals and it’s endless. Not to say making goals, and new ones when you’ve accomplished the old, is a bad thing; on the contrary, it’s a great thing! But sometimes I find myself thinking things like “I wonder what my life will be like”, meaning, I wonder what job I’ll have, who I’ll end up marrying, where I’ll be living, etc. And it sounds crazy considering I’m only 18! I mean granted, a full time job will become a reality within a matter of years since I’m in college, but still. I know I’m not the only one that wonders and imagines.
Recently I read a book, and mind you it was a fiction (of course), but a particular quote really stuck out to me. It’s been at least 2-3 weeks since I finished the book (probably more) and I still remember the quote. One of the characters says that it is important to live in the now AND live for the future. She points out that if you only live in the now, then you won’t do things that require a more long term effort, and aren’t those sometimes the most worthwhile?
Now I know that my initial point and the one above are on opposite sides of the spectrum. On one side I’m saying not to wait for your life to start (you’re already living it), and on the other I’m saying that you can’t give up on goals and what’s yet to come.
I guess my point is that sometimes there are things in life that happen and it throws you off. I think it’s so easy to immediately start thinking of the potential consequences or what it means later down the line, and it can get overwhelming. Life might not go as planned, or as you thought it would, but that’s nothing to worry about. It’s okay to not have a clue as to where you’ll be in 10 years, you’re not supposed to know! But the idea is to not work and work and work towards a future, with blinders on to the rest of the world, your supposedly foolproof life plan in mind, and forget to stop and be happy regardless of the bumps that come along. Enjoy the journey because life isn’t a race.
And as much as this is advice for you guys, it’s also advice for myself because I by no means have mastered the above either!