Live For Your Future Self. Now.

I knew facebook wasn’t going to resonate with me early because the phrase “Live today like you’ll die tomorrow” has always been annoying to me.  If it means what I think it means, then you’re supposed to stop adhering to the rules that maintain civilization and replace it with a life full of fun and excitement.  If you don’t die in 24 hours the chances that you’ll be in a worse position is almost certain.  ‘Stop planning for tomorrow, live for today’ — it’s such a nihilistic way of thinking.

What you really need to think about is your future self.  What things can you do now that will make you happy in a couple of hours, or a couple of years?  You should also act like you know you’ll be alive in 6 months, 1 year, etc.  This is an optimistic view of life and it’ll actually get you moving.

Let’s say that you want to learn how to play an instrument by the time you reach a certain age.  All you really have to do is assume that you’ll be alive at the age.  You’ll notice that if you love yourself, you’ll begin to act in a manner that will increase your self-confidence. You are going to want to justify your worth.  This frame of thought will motivate you to get a piano, or whatever you want to learn; touching a few keys the firs few days.  But you’ll keep playing; you’ll keep going back and soon your fingers with start to make the accumulate the notes you’ve learned and you’ll be playing the piano.  All of this just to make your future self content.

Even the ‘fun’ times start to seem more exciting.  There’s no longer that could of guilt hanging over you because you haven’t followed through with the promises made to yourself.  Taking care of your responsibilities won’t irritate like before, either. You’ll take care of them because you don’t want them to interfere with your life objectives.

Be optimistic and live for your future self. Just don’t make any goals with the intent of making somebody else happy. They might not like you in the future — or be alive.

 

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