Preoccupation With The Future

25 07 2005

Does it ever seem that you that life moves quickly? Of course it does. But why are we in such a rush to move forward? Is it because we think we’ll do something better tomorrow? Is it because we want to forget today? Why do we want to rush to next weekend, next week, the next holiday?

I went to buy some sandals today for my vacation at the end of this week. I went to several stores, looking for a decent pair. Each place I went had about two pairs in the wrong size. The store managers looked at me like I was nuts. Apparently, a 91 degree day in July is too late in the year to buy sandals. I should have been looking for snow boots.

I love Christmas, but I hate the Christmas season. It infuriates me that I am supposed to be Christmas shopping while my Thanksgiving turkey is digesting. I want to enjoy the season I am in, not rush to the next one. But each holiday, each time of year, is rushed to like that. In the middle of July, stores are having “Back-to-School” sales. Valentine’s Day candy is sold as soon as the Christmas merchandise can be pushed off the shelf. Thanksgiving starts when the Fourth of July ends.

In the midst of all of this, we complain to one another about how fast the seasons are moving. Another year has passed. Here comes Labor Day already! Here comes Thanksgiving! Perhaps we wouldn’t feel that way if we would but focus on the time we are in.

We seem to be obsessed with the future and not with the present. Our eyes are always fixed on what is ahead, but never on what is happening around us at this moment. We miss so much because we are focused on something in the distance, but when we get to it, we forget about it for the next distant bauble.

Instead of ominous discussions about the future, we should engage in more badinage. This preoccupation should be replaced. We need to spend more time on the moment. To live in the present is to live a full life. It is necessary to plan for the future but not to live there.

I’d love to take the time to write a little more about this, but I need to go buy some Halloween candy before they put the candy canes out.


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26 07 2005
Neil

living in the future can be fun and escapist at times

like planning awesome things to do at college while i’m sitting bored at work

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