By Susannah Hutcheson, Regular ContributorSeptember 5, 2015
I’ve spent a lot of time trying to dream up what my future will look like. I have a rather extensive Pinterest board where I’ve planned out the perfect lavender wedding. I daydream about my husband (who I plan on meeting tomorrow). I think about the kind of car I’ll drive, the way I’ll look, and how many kids I’ll have. Sometimes I’ll just sit for a while and get inside my own head, dreaming up impossibly specific and perfect situations. Then I snap back down to Earth and come back into my reality.
My reality is beautiful as well- messy, but real. So why am I focusing on a future that isn’t there yet?
I think it’s human nature to dream about the future. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a Pisces or not, but I love to think about what my life could be. I have distinct memories of playing MASH in elementary school, trying to plan with a folded piece of paper and ‘eenie-meenie-minie-mo’ what my future would be. Who would I marry? Would he be a Ryan, or a Luke, or a James? Would I drive a Ferrari or a Ford? Would I live in a mansion, a shack, or a house?
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As I write this, I can’t help but think, "why am I not focusing on the now?" Sometimes the present isn’t picture perfect. Usually, it never is- and the future won’t be either. There will always be calmness and anger, euphoria and heartache. There will be bad days, when you feel like you would rather be anywhere than where you are. There will be days when you feel like you’re walking on clouds with the sunshine at your back. I may not know what’s down the road for me, but I have to trust in the beauty of the journey.
Today, I challenge you to live in the now.
I challenge you to stop putting unfair expectations and pressures on yourself. I challenge you to stop and look around- breathe in the air as you walk to class. Take few minutes and watch the sunrise and the sunset. Soak up the time you have with the people you love- the laughter and the tears and the messy beauty of being human. Don’t spend your life tethered to the future. Instead, center yourself to today- and appreciate every second of it, because the future is never promised. Don’t waste a day thinking about tomorrow.
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Susannah is a Journalism major, passionate about social justice and Jesus Christ. She loves cold weather, triple-shot lattes, and macaroni and cheese. When she’s not writing papers or baking cookies, you can find her Googling random things on the Internet or watching large amounts of reality television. You can read her ramblings at ileftamessinthekitchen.wordpress.com, or look at pictures of her coffee on Instagram: @susannah.beth.
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