I’m not referring to the series of movies made in the 80s starring Michael J. Fox. The title for this entry came to me as I was thinking about the next several weeks; namely our upcoming holiday to South Korea, writing that I hope to do about the people, places, and things we encounter, and work that will start the week we come home. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been very much in the present; concentrating on work that needed doing. Now that most of it’s finished, I can get back to thinking about the future.
They—whoever “they” are— tell us “be in the now”—in that you’re not supposed to worry about days gone by, or days to come. How can you not though? Everything that happens today builds on what happened yesterday. Much of what happens tomorrow depends at least in part on what happens today. So, as Fleetwood Mac sang, “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.” Come to think of it, there’ve been a lot of popular songs with lyrics about the future because of the promise and hope that it holds.
So the future is what I’m thinking about today, starting with thinking about tomorrow. If the new school year hasn’t already started, it starts tomorrow. I’m thinking about friends and family with kids heading to school, and those who are teachers. I hope it’s a good year. Once Labour Day rolls around we start thinking about activities for the fall—maybe even the winter.
While it is all well and good to say “live for today”, we can’t help thinking about tomorrow. Young children think in terms of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Everything before today happened yesterday; things to come will happen tomorrow—or the tomorrow after that. That logic has its appeal.
I think that it’s better to keep moving forward, as much as possible; to look ahead rather than back, and right now I’m looking ahead—not too far, but it’s still back to the future.
More tomorrow—or the tomorrow after that.