“Do this for a better future”, “If you do X it will give you a better future” , “Get into X job/college to give you a better life”. Society is based on the future. We become increasingly worried of the future as we grow older. We are taught from the very first days of childhood to obsess over it. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” But what is life? It is as Allen Saunders put it ” life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.”
Because that’s what it really is. We have a limited amount of time in our lives, a VERY countable number of weeks, as tim urban at waitbutwhy said. (http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/life-weeks.html) It’s about what you do in these moments, an infinity small slice of infinity.
The human lifespan used to be 22. As we advanced our technology allowed us to look and plan further into the future. But this has made many of us farsighted to some degree. We plan and see the future in our minds, blind to the now we live in. If you always sacrifice the now for the future, then understand that someday, on your deathbed, there will be a now, but no future. Looking back, you had either lived a full happy and balanced life, milking every moment of life until it was dry. Or you lived an entire life sacrificing, working, planning for the future, but there is no more future to go to now . . . your entire life has essentially been leading to this moment of now but not later. What will you think?
Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans” – Allen Saunders