Consistently across several life stages, I’ve found myself longing for the future and having to remind myself to be present and enjoy the “right now”. Like when I was 12, I wanted nothing more than to be 16 and be a teenager. And when I was in high school, I wanted to be in college and feel true freedom. And when I was in college, I wanted to be an adult and start a life for myself. There was always something I could think up that kept me from enjoying living in the present. Something that was missing that I had to wait for. Especially lately with graduating college, I chalked so much of it up as planning for the future. But you have planning, and you have obsessing. And it’s so crazy to me that I’ve made that mistake so many times over so many years, always wishing I could fast forward to a different point in my life and never learned to just live in the moment. It’s a cycle that I never actually break, never truly learn from, and always end with regret.
We want the future because it’s elusive and mysterious. It’s filled with possibilities and the potential for greatness in ways that feel so unattainable where we are now.
But we forget that today is filled with the potential for greatness too.