Stop Ruining The Present By Trying To Predict The Future

Stop Ruining The Present By Trying To Predict The Future

“Worry is wasted energy”

– Unknown

The majority of us live the stressful events in our lives twice. We keep ourselves up all night and distract ourselves all day, thinking about what could, should, and might happen. We put ourselves through the motions, the stress, the worry, the anxiety long before we even need to. And when the event actually happens, we now have to feel all of that all over again.

So I have a question. Why do some of us choose to put ourselves through it twice? And I’m not talking about those who deal with diagnoses that make the issue bigger than themselves. I’m calling out those of us who choose to drown in the thoughts. The ones who voluntarily think themselves into states of panic and unease when they have absolutely no clue what’s gonna happen.

Well, guess what, the future doesn’t exist. Trippy, right? But it’s true.

The future is something we make up in our heads based on how we expect situations to turn out. But the thing is, no matter how big of a hunch you have, no matter how strongly you feel, there is no way of knowing. So why do we ruin the time we can control, the now, the present, worrying about what we can’t control?

Stop choosing to put yourself through it twice. Stop draining yourself by trying to predict the unpredictable. Let go of all the guesses and false realities. Let later happen later.

Alyssa Mullings
Alyssa Mullings

Alyssa Mullings is a senior at the Medical Academy for Science and Technology at Homestead. Her love for writing developed as she took AP Seminar and AP Language and Composition. She is a full-time writer for The Caduceus Times, the school’s newspaper, where she focuses on feature articles and personal columns. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading self-improvement books or spending time with her family.