The Fifth element is a really old movie by Milla Jovovich and Bruce Willis, set in a futuristic setting where taxi cabs fly and there are holiday resorts in space. It’s a very noble way to display our future and probably based on the premise of the advancement of our technology etc……
But we don’t exactly know what is going to happen in the future or how the future will look. We don’t know anything about the light at the end of the tunnel, we’re just hoping it’s not a train.
THE F U T U R E
The big blank space in your life that you try to fill out by the decisions you make. The way this space is coloured in and shaped, depends on the type of decisions you make. Decisions about the future are the really hard part: the “serious-big question” – part where the answer can’t be found in Google’s search box.
These are decisions that can only be made by you. You will mull it over for a few days, ask some friends for advice, you will consider all the information at your disposal and maybe realize there is more than one answer and maybe all of them are right. In the end you try to make this decisions based on all the consequences you saw playing out and then choosing the one you felt like you can live with……
That’s the problem about these decisions; you don’t know what you’ll be able to live with in the future. You don’t know who you’ll be five years from now. Sure, fundamentally some things never change, and a leopard never changes his spots, but be honest we still change our minds constantly about the newest yogurt trend, exercise routine, work place, home etc. As much as we are creatures of habit, we are also not.
That’s what makes these decisions so hard because you feel like you have no idea how this decision is going to turn out in the future, and what if you made the wrong decision and you can’t go back….. STOP. STOP plaguing yourself to try to guess what the world will look like and how you will feel a few years from now, because you can’t know. STOP falling around in the “big blank space”. The only thing we have (as that age-old corny tradition goes) is NOW. There is a reason they call it the present.
In the end no matter what you consider and how full and confused your brain is, when you make that decision you still want to get that feeling like you did the “right” thing… That comes from your gut and heart. They operate on what they know and feel NOW. So listen to them, they only way you will feel like you know what you’re doing is when you make a decision about what you feel now.
Sure look at the future, and ask yourself if your true feelings about “now” are logical and rational. But TRUST yourself and who you are NOW, so that when you take a decisions in the NOW, you trust your NOW self-enough to make decisions about the future.
Like William Ernest Henley once said
I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul
Take the present firmly in your hands and try to make the best of it. It’s the only way you’ll feel like you did anything right.
(This post is attributed to the “The size of now” post on “Muddy River Muse” and a kind-hearted blogger Shelah, who helped me realize how
important the power of the present is.”