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I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on the feet.
At the moment, the day is nice – a blue and white sky with a comfortable temperature. It’s breezy – but not fierce. I’m sure later this afternoon will be different in advance of the approaching storm front due this evening. Surely the winds will increase, and the skies will darken. Here I am in the morning thinking about this afternoon and evening. It’s my time in the present to think about the future.
The future – a time we regard as still the come – a later time than now – the hereafter – a time that lies ahead.
The future – the point in time we associate with vision, fate, destiny, prospects, expectations, outlook, fame, and fortune.
The future can be upcoming, coming soon, down the road, in progress, short term, or long term. The future is the next second, a few minutes from now, later today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, years from now, or an upcoming century.
Whether in 10, 20, 50, 100 years or more, and from the philosophical to the imaginary and the visionary, people will think, write and talk about the future. Given technology’s rate of change and how much I’ve seen in my life, some aspects of the future are difficult to imagine. But not all – then again, whatever wouldn’t surprise me.
I think about how our view of the future varies with age. Children living in anticipation of something – a birthday, a new bicycle, a visit, an event – the future seems to take forever. As teenagers, we wonder about our future as adults – facing what I think is the hardest decision in life – what do I want to be when I grow up? For many, that question stays around for a long time.
As adults, the future shifts from anticipation to a life of deadlines – a time when we seem hurried and never have enough time. As seniors, while reflecting on the past, we are cognisant of the unknown future of the end of life. To some, the future is the afterlife, but not to everyone – however, I am confident the future will answer that question for each of us.
The future includes the time after our death – a time when the future continues for someone else while my life here is in the past. I will remain in the memory of those who know me, but in time, they too will pass on to the great beyond – and memory of me will extinguish.
Realizing a past walk enters my mind, I suddenly stop and stare at the horizon – to wonder what lies ahead. The horizon is a great metaphor for an unknown future. Although the horizon marks the direction we travel, we seemingly get closer, but the horizon remains a distant mark. The ever-present horizon serves as a future that we never reach.
Our lives move into the future on the second-by-second continuum that changes the present into a remembrance of the past. The present seems like a flicker – a temporary moment – an instant slice of time that suddenly vanishes into the past. As I walk, every step is a step into the future from the past with little time being spent in the present.
All of us wonder about the future and where it will take us. Our hopes and dreams are grounded in not knowing what lies ahead. Because of tomorrow’s unknown nature, we live for the expected, anticipated, and unexpected.
Although unknown, I am confident the future will include the ups and downs of life. There will be surprises – big, small, pleasant, and unpleasant. I suddenly think of two things we cannot do – none of us know the future, let alone jump into it – and we cannot escape the past.
As I look around, I can see far down the beach because that is where I’m heading – but I’m not there yet. Hopefully, I will arrive safely and without an unexpected negative event. When I arrive, the future I see now will be the present before quickly turning into the past.
The future unfolds based on our decisions of the present. Therefore, the decisions of today affect tomorrow’s decisions – plus the decisions in all the days ahead. Therefore, our decisions should align with our wants, needs, goals, dreams, and vision – but that is easier said than done – especially when life unexpectedly changes.
The past, present, and future are contemplative facets of time. As I walk, I’m thinking in the present while writing in the future. Because I’m writing in the present and thinking about the past, I’ll publish this in the future. However, after you read this, it will be your past, so I hope your future includes a comment that will quickly become the past so I can respond in the future. In summary, the future is not the past, but it may be if the future becomes the present.
The past, present, and future – all interwoven, intersecting and leaving us with a temporary immediate moment, memories, and much unknown. However, I look forward to my next walk in the future because I like walking on the beach, which is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
See what other bloggers have posted about Future
- What If We Knew the Future (essay)
- Futuristic (poem)
- An Almost Worldless Future (photo)
- The Future of Humanity (a quote)
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