Something that has been on my mind a lot lately is the future. The giant abyss in front of me that seems to be crawling with a million different paths, choices, outcomes…you name it, I have probably thought about it.
And while mulling over details of the future can be somewhat daunting at times, the marvelous fact of life is that it can be exciting as well. Instead of worrying about how I am going to handle things with little to no money after school, I can focus my attention on more entertaining matters. How I am going to decorate my first apartment, for example. If I’ll be in a relationship by then. How well my family is doing. That once I’m gratuated, I will have time to go on little vacations with my family.
Yes, the things I’ve decided to focus on have to do with money, my current worry, but that is just it. It is a current worry, while the previously stated ideas are meant for the future. Because looking at the future is not a waste of time or something stupid.
When one looks into the future, they have a goal. It means they have something to look forward to, and no matter how big or small, that’s an amazing thing. Having the mindset to look forward to what is coming is something to be celebrated, especially now with so many of us in this crazy, mixed up world feeling so low and defeated by these quotas we feel obligated to fill.
So next time when someone mentions a dream of theirs, try to smile and be supportive. If they talk about the future even though they have a ton of current things on their plate, nod and encourage them. It does not always mean they are running from their problems; they could just have easily embraced them and already moved on.
Besides, those who dream throughout their lives will never be bored, because no matter how many walls they hit or how many bricks are thrown at them, they will always have something to look forward to.