Nobody knows what tomorrow holds. There’s a certain level of uncertainty in the details of the future. We don’t know what the weather will really be like next month. We don’t know who will win the next basketball championship. And we don’t even know who all will make it into next week.
Life is uncertain. As humans we look for patterns in the details. We create a small sense of predictability in a world of unknowns. The reality we live in has a small sense of stability because we create it in our minds. Because of this, we can have a more positive outlook on the future. So what are you looking forward to?
Here’s what I’m looking forward to and my thoughts on it.
There’s a lot of things to potentially look forward to in life. It really comes down to mind over matter. A person with a positive outlook could find hundreds of things to look forward to. You could look forward to a good meal, a break to rest, meeting new people, or even just a beautiful sunrise the next morning. A positive mind can find good in the worst of situations.
On the other hand, when someone is negative it will directly impact their gratefulness. It’s hard to look forward to something great if we’re in a bad mood. Instead, we’d probably find more things to be upset about. It’s been seen again and again. Our mental state can be directly related to our gratefulness and optimism.
All that being said, I haven’t been looking forward to many things. There’s a bunch of different things I could look forward to if I thought deeply about it. But my natural state is not fully positive right now. My mental state isn’t fully negative right now either. I’m sitting almost right in the middle. So I’m looking forward to one or two realistic things that’s generally neutral.
The thing I’m looking forward to right now is recovery. I’ve been in a very bad place the last few months and years. There’s been so many things dragging me down in life. And there have been many stressful and frustrating situations. At this point, I look forward to the recovery of myself. I’m excited to dig enough just to get myself out of this hole.
That is more than enough to look forward to for me. When you’ve been low for so long, you don’t need huge levels of success to be optimistic. It’s the little things like returning to neutrality that give me hope. I look forward to being just average and normal again. That would be a blessing in and of itself.
I also look forward to growth. Usually, growth to me means a hockey stick chart with a viral momentum. But that’s way out of my mind and vision at the moment. Right now, any small amount of growth or positive improvement is amazing to me. Those are the things I look forward to. I don’t know when they’ll come. But as long as they do someday, I’ll always have something to look forward to. What are you looking forward to?