14 January 2014

Living in Tomorrow's Yesterday

     How often do you wish you had a time machine so you could go back and change something in your past? I think it would be one of the coolest things in the world. There's a chance you wouldn't change a thing, that you're happy with everything, but there's an even greater chance that, like me, you would want to change at least one thing. What would you tell your past self? Maybe it would be to invest in a certain company, learn a certain skill, study a certain subject in school, to avoid that shrimp platter at your brother's wedding, or to not steal that car and drive it off a bridge.
     Now imagine your future self; you in a year, five, twenty, fifty years. What will life be like if you run the course you're on? Now imagine that your future self is the one with the time machine.

     Your future self is the result of the path you are on. You've come back to give yourself a message. You're living in the past, and future you wants you to shape up a little bit. Future you might tell you to spend more time with your kids, to quit smoking, to get a hobby, or to write a book. Maybe future you will tell you to be smarter with your money, finish college, or choose a different career path. Future you could probably give you insight about stock trends or world events. Would you listen to future you? Would you make the choices now that will make your life better? Since right now is the past, future you is looking back wishing you had done something differently.

     There are a lot of lessons to be learned from future you. If you had that kind of insight, just imagine the choices you would make. Future you would tell you about all the wonderful things you have to look forward to, but you might also get a little heads up from future you. Future you comes back to tell you, among several other important things, that you need to be prepared.

     Let's say future you tells you that your house will burn down or that there will be a flood. Future you wants you to know that there are some things you can do to save you a lot of trouble. You need to learn CPR so you can help your dad when he has a heart attack in a few years. You need to get an emergency kit ready so you have something to take with you when that wildfire gets too close to your neighborhood and you have to evacuate. You need to learn first aid skills so that you can help a hurt stranger. You need to start putting money away for retirement. You don't have to worry about building a bunker, you are told by your future self, but you should change the batteries in your smoke detector and make sure your fire extinguisher is full.

     Future you tells you that there is no better time than the present to get things done...unless you have a time machine. That's why you've been visited now. Now is the moment in time that will make or break your future. Now is the time to decide. You've got an awesome future ahead of you, or maybe a lousy one. It's really up to you. The time machine has just arrived and it contained this message, so go out and change your future's past. What happens tomorrow is determined by what we do today.

Future you also wants you to share this blog with your friends and to like For Tomorrow We on Facebook and to ask questions about preparedness if you've got them. If I don't know the answer, I'll ask someone smarter than me, like Mr. Google, that way we can learn together.

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