Dear Future, I Need To Let You Go

Dear Future, I Need To Let You Go | hawk + pearl

Dear Future,

I don’t know you. I don’t even know if we’ll ever meet. I mean, I hope we do, but nothing is promised, you know. Well, I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately so I figured I’d write you a letter.

The past year or so has been a roller coaster. Career changes, life changes, lives lost, lessons learned, events passed, and it’s all got me thinking about what’s going to happen next.

What’s in store for me tomorrow? Next month? Year? Decade?

Will I ever get married, let alone find a steady partner? Will I solidify a steady income and buy a house? Will I get to travel the world like I’ve always wanted to do? Will I live in my home state forever or will I ever finally decide to venture out and explore new boundaries? I’m not even promised tomorrow, and yet I’m so worried about what the future will hold.

So, Future, I’ve come to the decision that I need to let you go.

It’s time to change the way I think and the way I live my life. I need to stop worrying about what’s to come and rather focus on the present moment. I dwell so much on what I can be doing later instead of what I can be doing right now, and now my goals are slipping away simply because I keep putting them off until tomorrow tomorrow tomorrow.

No more.

Future, I’m taking you for granted, and it’s doing more harm than good.

I need to get my head in the NOW because the NOW is all I ever truly have. I can spend so much of my time and energy on what could happen when absolutely nothing is ever set in stone. All I’m really able to do is work on my current situation with the time I’m allotted to fulfill any goals I have right now.

Of course, I’m still going to work toward my long-term goals and make long-term plans in case I’m granted the chance to make it that far. And, of course, little worries are going to find their way to the forefront of my mind, but you know what? I’m going to stop giving them as much weight as they’re being given right now.

Future, I need to let you go. It’s time for a change, and that time is now.

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  1. Kristi

    Very nicely said.. I love the way you write. It’s like you’re speaking my mind. No one is promised tomorrow.. And it’s so real. We overthink everything and for what!? To be anxious our whole lives. We have to live life now.. For Steve.. For us.. He lived in the moment and did so much more than most people. Just breathe.. Anything that happens is out of our control (for the most part). Xo Kristi

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