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August 3, 2015

How I (Mostly) stopped Worrying About the Future

How I (Mostly) stopped Worrying About the Future | Beauty Bets
Okay, this concept has come up enough times in the past few weeks that it’s got to be a sign. Don’t worry: I’m not about to tell you to live in the moment. God no. I’ve written about that ad nauseum and, honestly, it’s possibly the most annoying thing you can say to someone because we are all trying to be present to the point of putting our phones away if your spouse/friend/co-worker so much as gives it a sidelong glance. Now that we KNOW we need to be present and are meditating and making copious amounts of eye contact, there are NEW concerns. Like if I’m present all the time, what happens to my future? How can I live in the moment AND set goals? What if by focusing so intently on the person/food/blog in front of me I lose my edge and stop achieving anything? My heart started racing just typing those words . . . But I have the answer and it’s so simple and true I can’t stop celebrating my little discovery. It’s not really mine, of course, but now that I’m regularly putting it into practice I feel so empowered—and, on bad days, a bit freaked out. Here’s the thing: If in the present you’re doing what feeds your soul and your curiosity, if you’re being honest with yourself and authentic with others, then you are, in fact, creating a future of love, joy and abundance. Live the life you want RIGHT THIS SECOND and the future will take care of itself. No, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to put in any effort to manifest your desires. Exactly the opposite. But if you’re on your path now, pointed squarely toward the things and people and experiences you care about, than the future has no choice but to unfold accordingly. It’s also wake-up call to curate the present moment accordingly because every thought, every action we offer up now is like planning a future event. You can look at that as incredibly reassuring or scary as hell.

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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