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Invent the Future. Because You Can.

A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

My favorite quote of all time is Alan Kay: ‘In order to predict the future, you have to invent it.’ I am all about inventing the future. Decide what you want the future to be and make it happen. Because you can. Write about your future now. (Author: Cindy Gallop)

It’s circa 2030.

The planet still exists, thank goodness.

Here are the elements of my life as a woman of a certain age, twenty or so years from now.

I am surrounded by reminders of what I value most.  Comfortable couches to cradle my friends and family when they visit. Healthy plants, indoors and out.  The most fabulous collection of books and music.  Views that soothe, inspire and hearten us.  A well-stocked pantry with a heavy emphasis on handmade goodies and healthy homegrown delights my husband and I have created.

I spend my days appreciating the ease with which I live my life.  I am no longer striving, no longer busy with minutae, free to live mindfully and with consciousness.  I write, I tend, I connect, I nurture, I rest.  I am oftentimes quiet and alone, and I am able to connect with parts of myself I lost touch with as a younger woman.

My company is sought by those who love me, and those with whom I collaborate.  I reach out to strangers on occasion, and invite them to share themselves with me.  I regularly go outside of what I know and place myself in the seat of the student.  I find that as I age my curiosity grows in new directions.  Directions I didn’t even know existed.

I find myself able to play with children in ways I couldn’t while I was mothering them.

My husband and I travel, weaving ourselves into the cultures we visit.  We linger when we want to.  We make new friends. We leave plenty of space for solitary adventures, for independent pursuits.  When it’s time to go home, we are ready.

This is the future I’m inventing.  What’s yours?


This post was catalzyed by the Trust30 Challenge, an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself.  The Challenge was inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s writings on self-reliance.  Join me, and use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future.


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