Back to The Future

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.


6 thoughts on “Back to The Future

  1. True enough! We need to have hope in order to get us thru tough times. It just makes me sad when I see so many people denying themselves the pleasures of today b/c they are worrying about tomorrow. I’m with Doris Day on that. “Que sera, sera” is definitely the way to go.

  2. Hi Christine:
    I live everyday as though it could be my last — meaning I never count on a “tomorrow.” I developed that philosophy because my mother died at the far-too-young age of 55 and she never got to do so many of the things my father and her planned to do some “rainy day” i.e. some “tomorrow.”

    I therefore live life to the gusto each and every day. So far … I’ve been lucky and everything has panned out OK. I hope it stays that way, as because of my attitude, I always make time for others, and most of the time … for myself as well. Have had some amazing and unexpected experiences that way, that I otherwise would have missed if I declined offers because I had to do this, or I had to do that …

    Life is far too short to worry about tomorrow. So I guess you could say, I definitely live in the NOW.

    1. You’re right Doreen, that we do have to live for today, and live in the present–because who knows what tomorrow will bring.

      We can’t, and I try not to put things off–especially getting together with family and friends for some fun. The work will always be there tomorrow. It’s meant that I’ve had to work longer hours some days, or work on an evening or weekend because I took time mid-day or mid-week to have fun. That’s one of the nice things about having some flexibility as freelancers.

      I don’t worry about tomorrow. I like the adage “Que sera, sera.” and I do take life “one day at a time” for the most part.

      I guess what I was getting at is that sometimes having plans for the future helps us get through some tougher times today. The light at the end of the tunnel so to speak.

  3. Right on, Christine! It’s sometimes difficult not to think about the past or the future, but of course the trick is to not let them distract us from the present.

    Hope you have a great time in South Korea. We’ll see you when you get back and we get back.

    1. No, we can’t get bogged down by the past, or worry about the future, Judy. But thinking about tomorrow can get through a dull today sometimes. (See my comment to Doreen).

      Enjoy the rest of your trip. Talk to you sometime in October! Talk about back to the future.

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