Water Bear Declare: Dream of tomorrow but live for today. The future lives in the moment.Water Bear
Ever had one of those days where you wish it was tomorrow? When you’re waiting on something not so far away, but also not quite here. Maybe it’s a vacation, or a move, or Christmas Day. Just something along those lines. Or maybe not along those lines at all. Maybe you’re looking really really far down the road to something like the Singularity or the colonization of Mars.
Whatever it is you’re waiting for, it won’t happen today.
So you just think about it. You ponder it. You let your mind wander. It wanders and wonders and wonders and wanders and your wandering leads to pondering and suddenly you’re lost. You go deep inside your mind. You go deep inside your mind because it’s the only place to find the tomorrow that’s not here today.
Sometimes I really get caught up in the future. All those posts from Inverse and IFLScience. Others from Ray Kurzweil and our many Transhumanist friends. Let’s not forget sweet video games like No Man’s Sky… Yes, tomorrow almost always seems better than today.
For some people that’s a problem. For others it’s the opposite. A lot of people don’t think about the future at all. They don’t wonder or wander. They just live for the moment. That’s perfectly fine if that’s what you want to do, but personally I think balance is better. When you live only for the moment you avoid problems yet to come. Problems like death and aging. Those are pretty big problems.
But from a survivalist standpoint I think it’s a problem to only live in the future too. This is more of a Level I survival issue. Always waiting for tomorrow you forget to live for today. I run into this issue all the time. Living for tomorrow…I forget the point of living is simply to live. I wonder if that’s ever happened to you. How many days or months or years were wasted? How many events did you skip over? How many people didn’t you talk to that you could have?
How many friends didn’t you make?
How many sleepovers did you skip?
How many chocolate fondues did you avoid?
How many hugs did you pass on?
There’s no right or wrong answer. Just different ways to look at life I suppose. But sometimes I feel like I’m searching for tomorrow. Searching for a distant future, not living for today. The funny thing is, the future never really comes. I don’t reach it. It doesn’t reach me. There’s just this present moment. I can choose to live in it and maybe make a memory. Or I can choose to dream of something better, and let the world wash away.
Which one is the right choice is completely up to you. In fact, there’s no reason you can’t do both. Sometimes I do both. I try to do both. Live for today and dream of tomorrow. That might be the best way.
Did anyone catch the Olympics women’s soccer games? The one from yesterday? Yesterday I thought about working on business. I thought about applying for copywriting gigs and doing what I do. But then I thought, you know what, I really enjoy women’s football and I think I’ll watch it all day.
And so I did. Sure, I did a little bit of business throughout the day, but I watched soccer all day long. And you know what else? I didn’t feel bad about it. I loved every minute of it. Okay, maybe not that last minute where the U.S. lost in a shootout. But every other minute was great and I didn’t have to feel bad because I lived in the moment. I lived for right now.
And I guess the point of all of this is just to say, maybe it’s okay to step back sometimes. Maybe it’s okay to enjoy the world right now. Thoughts of the future are nice, but if we always live in the future, we’ll never enjoy the present. But the future is a life we never live, so we just end up missing life instead.
Always dream of the future. Always consider the world yet to come. But enjoy today too. Enjoy today and remember that the future is built on the foundations of those who exist right now.
Until next time.
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