Come into my tent
I don't know that much about the future but there must be a way to make ice cream melt slower during summer. I am sick and tired of bees flirting with me.
I don’t want to start the year sounding like one of those cuckoo carnival savants, but come into my tent and let me read your future.
*opens the tent and invites you in*
Welcome to my tent; it’s your standard tent but on wheels. I think the cool kids call it a wagon! This is my very regular table with no strings or anything; you can check, but not too much. Please take a seat. This is my, again, totally normal crystal ball, and that’s definitely not a smoke screen, so don’t even assume it is! You’re going to die tomorrow. Just kidding. Lolz. Lmaocopter. Take a seat, take a seat, and grace my hand with gold, and as if by magic, watch as your future unfolds.
(I’ll be honest, I messed about so much with this analogy that I have totally forgotten where it was going, but hey, we started this, and we will finish it, so strap in because who knows where we’re going but I imagine all roads leading to and from a carnival are bumpy so seatbelts on humans and aliens, safety first)
When I say future, where exactly does your mind take you? Do you envision tomorrow, or are you full of visions of cyborgs and Uber helicopters? I believe there are three futures to consider. Firstly, the now future which is fast approaching. It is the tomorrow future, the future of days, and the reality we must face is that by tomorrow, we aren’t going to learn how to play the crwth, but we will have the time to find out what a crwth is and decide whether we want to learn it.
The second is the soon future, the future of months, which allows us to stretch our goals to the further corners and achieve slightly bigger things. We may store our medium aspirations here. You could start a podcast or become a magician, but make sure your magician goals are realistic. In a few months, you probably won’t be fooling Penn & Teller, but this is the perfect future space to learn a couple of card tricks. Are you a slow reader then tell yourself that you will finish a book in the soon future, or if you are creative, set your goals relative to your output. Again, you likely won’t write a full book in that time, but you could have a good title and a general direction.
And the final is the far future, the future of years. It is the destination and the ending of a specific longing. You obviously can’t make promises, and along the way, you may alter your goal or change it entirely, and some things we plan for simply don’t work out. The best part of the far future is that it will wait for you. If you have to reschedule, it doesn't mind! This is where your complete book sits on a shelf, and you are turning dolphins into goldfish or whatever magicians do these days.
(Fun side story: when I worked in a grocery store, they were doing a fair in the local town, and this lady came in. I asked her what she did, and she told me she was a fortune teller and had bought a lottery ticket, so I replicated her ticket and didn’t win a penny! I am still furious. I should be rich by now.)
I will say once more it is important to give ourselves realistic goals depending on which future we dedicate them to. I don’t doubt you, but if you have recently decided that you want to become a pilot, but you have never stepped foot in a cockpit, then it is highly unlikely that you will achieve such a dream in the tomorrow future. However, assign such wishes to the far future, and all of a sudden, it feels more attainable. The future is also an all-star thrower of curve balls.
I am no patient man. My Mother has always told me I have the engine running before I know where I am going, and my Father huffs at my hurry the way only Father’s can. I have a habit of attaching my desires to the wrong future. I am guilty of comparison and building deadlines based on somebody else’s ability. Go gentle into this year, and set goals at your speed. I am the most eager of beavers and understand wanting to arrive early, but life doesn’t work that way. I cannot predict the future, but I promise you it will all be okay if you love the person looking back at you in the mirror and respect their abilities and boundaries. This is another year of many, and you have a lot of mistakes to make, so go now and make them, learn from them, and find the growth in them. This world is yours for the taking; now take it.
Book of the week
Do you like weird, oddly romantic that makes you want to scream WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!! Whilst you simultaneously understand it completely? This is the book for you. It’s strange in the deepest of its weaves, but gosh, is it beautiful.
Movie of the week
Every Kong and Godzilla has a place in my heart, yes, even the 1998 Godzilla, but Skull Island wows me every time. The silhouette shot of Kong in front of the setting sun. Yummy.
Ryan Adams also started the year by releasing five new albums. This is my favourite track from all of them