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The future is actually really exciting

(And really scary)

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.

As The Future got closer and closer, everything became more unsure. All the plans started dissolving as they came in contact with present-day. The Future became less and less of a pre-determined story I had spent years planning, and more and more of a glaring, black hole of unknowns. And it was staring me right in the face. This is where the scariness set in, because honestly, is there a single seventeen or eighteen year old who isn't terrified of the future?? Actually, is there anyone of any age who isn't, at least a little bit?

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.

Possibilities.

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. :)

♡ Julia







14 comments

  1. This was a really lovely post about the future!! The future terrifies me, but it can also be exciting, which is always something to remember when you're a little worried about change and the unknown x


    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Exactly! Thanks for reading, Lauren :)

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  2. I agree with this so much. We are all little/a lot afraid of what future holds but as you said we should look on brighter side and be actually excited for it not terrified. I believe that positive mind makes life better. Love this post and your blog x

    http://beautiliciousd.blogspot.com/

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    1. I totally agree about a positive mind making life better. Thanks for reading :)

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  3. Wonderful. I love the way you pointed out that the future isn't singular. Best of luck all the same! X

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    1. Yeah that's something I try to remember. Thanks, Anna!

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  4. Hi Julia,

    Just remain optimistic and know that our plans change whether for the better or worse. I'm sure your future will involve all kinds and you will be excited, inspired, and happy. Although you will also experience those that are not so positive. The best part of the future is the uncertainty and not knowing. It keeps us on our toes, teaching us to be survivors.

    Keep up the great work! Inspiring post.


    Sincerely,

    Ron | Nearby Wanderer

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  5. i always try to see the brighside of tomorrow - it is scary indeed but i prefer seeing the glass half full than half empty. being positive is already a victory in itself.

    xx from Brighton
    Cate ღ kate/idoscope | youtube | Enter my Charlotte Tilbury GIVEAWAY here

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  6. Sometimes the best parts of life are the ones we didn't plan for. Love this post and your writing :)

    Let's Talk Lattés

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    1. For sure :)
      Thank you so much, Hannah

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