What makes the future so intriguing that I must put forth so much time and effort preparing for it?
I have a hard time being in the moment. All through high-school, I was thinking about college, and now I’m in college thinking about my future job.
Working as a videographer, at the office I am commonly known as “that guy who breaks stuff.” Personally, I would say that name isn’t completely fair; I’ve probably misplaced more pieces of equipment than I’ve broken. It’s not because I don’t value the equipment, it’s because my brain is moving onto the next task before the rest of my body makes it there.
So looking within myself I see two reasons for this.
- I look to the future because I am ambitious
- I look to the future because I fear I will fail if I don’t
That ambition is a curse. I’m 18 years old, and I already feel doomed.
I want to be special, but looking at the world-changers, the people who make a difference, I feel I will never measure up. I walked into my college orientation last week SCARED I’d find I don’t measure up to my peers. Am I smart enough? Am I strong enough? Am I different?
Nope! There are billions of other humans on this Earth just like me. And they all want the same things I do. So where do the world-changers come from? Is it just the right combination of chromosomes? Can I choose to be special?
It’s possible It takes a stroke of luck to be different. You could work your whole life trying to make a difference and simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
So what’s the answer?
When I was in 7th grade I moved to a new school. I was the smallest kid on the football team and I remember the first time I ever lifted weights at a practice. Even the smallest weights were a challenge for my wiry frame. The rest of the players threw them around like they were nothing. Sweat mixed with the tears that I hid from the other players and coaches; I hated being small.
When I got in my mom’s car that day I couldn’t hide my frustration. My mom’s advice was this:
“Focus on the things you CAN control. Nothing comes from worrying about the things you can’t.”
We don’t have to know all the answers to the hard questions. So what if it does take a stroke of luck to make an impact? Don’t be so focused on the future that you lose sight of where you are in the here and now.
Here’s the thing. Most people are just living their lives, moving from one place to the next. The key to being special is choosing to be intentional each and every day. Be the hardest worker in the room. Go out of your way to help others. Live your life trying to give back to people and to nature. Innovate in whatever you’re doing, and be ready for your moment to come.
Planning the future isn’t always a bad thing, but it’s important to remember that the real impacts we make will always be in the present.
My mom had a cameo in this article so I’d like to include my dad as well. He is a songwriter and wrote these lyrics to a song titled “Never Grow Old”.
“All I’ve got is here and now, if I could lock that in my mind somehow.
Cause time ain’t borrowed time ain’t sold, and If I live for the moment I’ll never grow old.”
If you’d like to watch him sing the whole song I’ll throw a link to an old video HERE.
Thanks for reading! If you have any thoughts I’d love to talk with you below.
(Quick Spartan Race Update)
I first want to thank everyone who encouraged me in the comment section of my blog “Stop Waiting to Get Motivated”.
If you haven’t read the first blog in this little series, you can click HERE to go back and check it out.
I’m happy to report that my hard work and training DID pay off. I set out to get top 40 and I placed 36th!
I must say I am very proud. Not only was I in the most prestigious category, I was also one of the youngest competitors at the event. Your words and encouragement helped me to get out of bed just a little bit earlier, and run just a little bit farther during my training. I took some of your advice to heart as well!
I put this sign up on my mirror so that I would see it every single morning.
So again, thank you to everyone who read my last blog, and encouraged me to accomplish my goals. You really made a difference!
(^Just after finishing)
Thank you for reading!