But truly, honesty, the future is exciting! Sometimes I spend so much time freaking out in my mind about how scary it is that I entirely forget the exciting part. I've always spent an absurd amount of time thinking about the future but, funny enough, it took me a while to realize scary things can be pretty wonderful too.
When I was younger, I was excited for the future because I had a cut-and-dry plan as to what was going to happen to me (including lots of amazing things, of course) and I loved imagining it. "The Future" (i.e. post high school/ "the real world") was far enough away that it felt more like a piece of fiction I was designing just to my liking, rather than a life I would actually be living someday.
This brings me to my latest realization about the future: When the plans start to dissolve and are replaced by nothingness and unknowns (and fear), there's another thing that appears, too. It's something I sort of didn't notice for a while.
When the rigidity of my plans started to wash away and I was able to see past the blinding nothingness that confronted me, I started to notice possibilities everywhere.
That's the great thing about nothingness. There's room for something, a million things, that are completely new.
Also, it's important to note that the future actually isn't some singular, finalized, capital-letter decision. It's just the future; and it's constantly changing and adding and taking-away. Maybe I'll be a ballet dancer and a blogger and a fashion designer and a professional antique-collector, nobody knows!
So if your future seems really blank and terrifying, let yourself be a little bit happy (in addition to your inevitable fear), because there are unlimited things you can try. You don't have to pick just one. And sure, some of them are beyond your control (like getting a certain job, getting into a certain college, etc) but such inevitable disappointments just lead to more unknown-ness, which leads to more possibilities! And there are also plenty of opportunities you can build for yourself, without anyone else's approval (like starting a blog, for example). You may be freaked out, but you sure are free.
The future is here, right now, and it's excited to meet you. You have a lot to be excited about, too. :)