Our culture of immediate gratification has falsely and tragically led us to believe that at any given time, we can radically change our circumstances. For those of us who are young and have been blessed with resources, current circumstances has set a precedent for us to believe life is always adaptable, without consideration to how age, time, health, expanding families, and added responsibilities can make immediate adaptability less and less attainable – and our goals and wishes further out of reach. Once over the hill, life can leave us wishing that instead of only operating in the present, we prepared also for the future.
We only think about changes that need to come to a school, when our own kids attend it.
We only think about women in the workforce, when we become a part of it.
We only think about our marketability, when we are stuck in career that we can’t leave.
We only think about life insurance, when we’ve been diagnosed with something that makes it too expensive.
We only think about house maintenance when an expensive repair is needed.
We only think about our marriage, when something begins to threaten it.
We think about spending more time with our kids, when they are older and ready to move away.
We only think about retirement, when we start aging and realizing we can’t be young forever.
We tend to be creatures that believe “I’ll get to it eventually when I need to” and we forget (or choose to ignore) the sweet fruit that’s produced with consistency (and some trial and error) over a period of time. We forget that there’s a season to sow and a season to reap, and that both sowing and enjoying the fruit cannot be done on the same day. Furthermore, you can’t reap what you don’t sow.
Friendships take attention, time, and patience.
Developing a new skill requires trial and error, practice, and observation.
Financial freedom comes with diligence and steadfastness.
A lifelong, loving marriage takes daily maintenance and adjustments.
The choices you make today set the outcome for the rest of your life. Even micro-choices shape your future and set your path.
Instead of thinking “But that will take 10 years to master/understand/develop/create, so why start?” realize that 10 years will pass either way – might as well be working toward something!!
I challenge you to start taking 30 minutes every day and dedicate to your best future-self. Your future-self deserves it. And the world does too. ❤