“I’ll figure it out someday in the future,” I said to myself, adding further to the ever increasing list of things that I’ll (apparently) get done in the future.
I kept expanding this list everyday, again and again. I was loading each and everything I couldn’t comprehend in my present on my future self. I was loading my future self with too many responsibilities.
I was betting too hard on my future self with hardly any improvement in the present.
I sucked at interacting and making relations with new people, especially with females. Every time I had to interact with new people, I tried to avoid it in the hope that sometime in future, I would overcome this fear.
Every time I considered starting a blog, I procrastinated with the thought that I’d write it someday in the future. Came another day and I delayed it again with the hope of having a blog in the future, someday.
Basically, my idea of my future-self was a magical transformation of my present personality that would get things done at the snap of a finger.
I waited for a really long time for this future to come. After all, all my hopes and dreams depended on it. But the future wasn’t arriving.
Because every time I waited for it, it became the present.
This was really counter-productive for me. I wasn’t able to think anything, leave alone get things done.
So, one particular day, I decided to take matters in the present. I decided that I would no longer rely on my future-self.
And that changed many things. Almost every confusion I had in my life disappeared. Things became much clearer, now that my future-self was much less occupied than my present self.
Because ultimately, future is nothing but a clever disguise of the present. You need to rip off that disguise and look inside and make yourself responsible.
Surprisingly, many things were getting done.
So you see the problem I had? This is the problem faced by many people these days.
I like to call it ‘long-term procrastination’. It basically makes you an irresponsible, lazy idiot. I was one of that kind. I still am, to an extent, but I think I’m improving.
So, how do you tackle it?
The best way to tackle a problem is by realizing that it exists.
Realize that you have this problem and know that it can be counter-productive for your life.
Realize that the most important thing in your life is the time you have in the present and how you use it.
Realize that future is nothing but a distant version of the present and procrastinating things would leave you with nothing but too much of unaccomplished possibilities.
Realize that the only way out of it is by realizing this problem.
Because most of the times, problems aren’t solved not because of their quality of being difficult but due to our inability to accept that they, in fact, exist.
That’s all for now. I do have a lot more to say on this but I think I’ll write about it later someday, in future.