I am an eternal optimist. People who know me well call me the irrational optimist.
It’s my belief that the future is always beautiful. Tomorrow is always better than today.
The operating word I chose to describe the future is better.
It will be bigger. It will bring in more gratification. It will make you a more aware, a more experienced individual. It will bring peace, a sense of accomplishment or achievement.
Unfortunately, most of us use the wrong operating word to describe the future.
Tomorrow will be easier than today
Come to think of it – we have been raised this.
Study today so that tomorrow is better (easier, is what they were hinting towards)
Finish your education before so that you can depend on it tomorrow (education will make the future easier)
Work hard in your 20s and 30s so that 40s are better (easier again)
Instead, how about realising the only truth of life:
Tomorrow is not going to be easier. It will be better, at best.
And if that’s the case, the right question to ask is not if you are excited about the future.
Instead: Are you prepared for the future?
[This post by Ankur Warikoo first appeared on LinkedIn and has been reproduced with permission.]