Answering a Question in Public

A dear old (well, new) friend, Jeff, sent me a question a couple of weeks ago. No explanation, Jeff asks:

How do you know what is next in life?

I actually completely ignored this question when I first saw it. The first thought that crossed my mind, is that obviously I have no idea. No one knows what will come next in life. It’s not possible to know what is next, so while making plans for your future is incredibly important to guarantee success and achievement, making plans and having direct knowledge of what will happen in the future are two completely different things.

Get to the point. I know. How do I know what is next in life? I know what is next because I work towards shaping my life into what I want it to look like. From then on, the answer choice is broadly defined into two different options; one where I did achieve what I wanted, and the other is one in which I didn’t. Obviously something small such as goals set to adhere to a specific workout schedule aren’t as big a goals in how long it will take you too graduate college. You can graduate college with a degree in four years, or in 5 years. Even though your goal was to graduate in 4, you didn’t make the cut, so you were forced into your other option, of finishing in 5.

This is one of the reasons that I don’t believe in people praying for things. Don’t get me wrong, I see no problem, but rather only pluses to those who are religious, to pray for God’s help in accomplishing some goal. But God isn’t going to pop up out of nowhere like Dumbledore and get all of your work done for you.

So how do I know what is going to be next in life? Well, I’m going to go to college. Preferably double major in Theatrical Lighting Design and English Literature. And that I will make a ton of friends in college. More closely, that I will graduate high school with more positive memories than negative, and that I will actually get accepted into my dream school. I want to be happy with the choices that I make now and in the near future. I don’t want to have to look back at what I did and be faced with more regrets than smiles. I will do everything in my power to assure that I am happy. That’s the only rational way to know what is coming in life next. We aren’t future tellers. But we are future setters. And the only person’s future that we have to worry about, is our own.

One thought on “Answering a Question in Public

  1. Jeff February 9, 2015 / 6:00 am

    Thanks for answering dear boy-o! First, I’d like to say that I was completely inspired when you finished your answer with your wishes and desires to be happy in life. This helped me realize that I can only wish and hope that my life is going to be happy, and work towards making it so.

    I also related to your ideas where you don’t believe in people praying for their goals. I feel like their time and efforts praying could be put to a more productive us, like helping their cause directly, not supernaturally.

    Being a Sophomore in college, I come upon this unsettling question about once a month. Somewhere along the semester, you ask yourself if you’re doing everything right in life.

    Thanks for the helpful reply!

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