“Every man’s life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.” – Marcus Aurelius
It is interesting to look at how other people live their lives. Some people seem to always yearn for the past, others are happy in the present while another group of people are always looking towards the future. However whatever our particular outlook, today’s quote reminds me of the stark reality that our life is what we are experiencing right now. What has happened in the past is done and gone and while those events will have helped shape who were are today, there is no reason why they must dictate our future.
The balancing act we have to do is learn to live our lives fully each and every day while making sensible plans to shape our future. Children often yearn to be adults where they have the freedom to take control of their lives and make their own decisions. However they often don’t have sufficient experiences of life to know that what they do in their formative years (such as studying hard at school) will have a huge impact on what they go on to do as adults.
While the future is uncertain for all of us we can do many things right now to help us prepare for it. Say you want to become a surgeon, top chef, lawyer, athlete or any of a thousand other things, then you will need to put in years or hard work and dedication to make your dreams come true. You will have to close some doors which may be open to you now in order to be able to open other doors in your future.
Another way of looking at this is you will have to be prepared to make certain sacrifices in your life now in order to have the life you desire in the future but that does not mean your present life does not have to be fulfilled or enjoyable.
It always saddens me when I see people who have no idea of what they are doing in life and have no ambitions for the future. Your life is what is happening to you right now and it is what you choose to do with it now which is important. If you are unhappy with your present life then you must take action right now to make your life better. Don’t wait for the perfect time or the perfect opportunity to come along because there never is a perfect time or a perfect opportunity.