“The future is a concept—it doesn’t exist.
There is no such thing as tomorrow. There never will be because time is always now. That’s one of the things we discover when we stop talking to ourselves and stop thinking. We find there is only present, only an eternal now.”
– Alan W. Watts
I just stumbled across this interesting Idea. What if the future we always talk about as if it was real is just a concept, an idea based on our ability to predict the repetition of patterns? Thinking about it, it’s just an idea that might as well be wrong, no matter how precise our planning is. Have you ever had a plan that turned out completely as you wanted it to? It might be because I’m really bad at planning, but I never managed to achieve that. So actually, this would mean that none of our plans, ideas, dreams or predictions of our future are real until the actually happen. The rest is just pure speculation based on the things we can control, trying to ignore the things we can’t control.
But still, our future is what we are most worried about. We are trying to predict tomorrow’s weather and then get disappointed when it doesn’t turn out as planned. We are trying to influence our professional future and get depressed when it doesn’t work out the way we wanted it to, not due to us not trying enough but due to instances we have no influence on. We are defining ourselves by things we would like to happen in the future like marrying the perfect partner or working in our perfectly paid dream job and then get bent completely out of shape when the reality is no where near our hope-based predictions. It’s incredible how much energy we put into a concept that is not even real.
Life is not fair and everyone who tries to predict the future is inevitably gambling without ever knowing the consequences. But isn’t that also the beauty of life? Isn’t it exciting that you never know what is going to be waiting for you around the next corner? Personally, I love the thought that every day could be the worst or the best day of your life and you wouldn’t know until it was already over. So perhaps, we should stop worrying about our futures a bit and start to live our lives in the moment, doing what we enjoy with whom we enjoy being and let our future shape itself, because I believe you can’t be truly happy until you accept what is given to you in each and every moment in life, instead of trying to change anything about it. So let’s drift a bit with the flow of time and instead of planing our future, we should maybe just embrace it.