We spend so much of our time focusing on the future that we forget that life is happening now. For years I would constantly worry with “what am I going to study?”, “what am I going to do for a living?”, “when am I getting a promotion?”, “when am I going to look like this or like that?”, almost forgetting that life is happening now and that, by focusing too much on the future, we are missing the unique opportunities that the present moment constantly gifts us. It’s not different when most people, once they know I quit my job to travel the world for a year, ask me:
What are you going to do next?
Maybe, a few years ago, I would have had a plan in place: “when I get back, I will apply for that job, work for this company, study at this university, bla bla bla.” However, fortunately, something has changed. For the first time, I put aside all my worries and fears and, every time I get the question, confidently respond:
I don’t know!
And you know what? It feels so good and so liberating. I am in charge. I can have an idea but change it anytime. I can have a timeline in mind but move it anytime. I am open to an immense world of opportunities. I am flexible. I am free. Never before it felt so good not to know what you are going to do next.
And it is ok not to know.
Sometimes, it is the pressure of always having to know what prevents us to find our true purpose.
> I don’t know what I am going to do next. But I know that all the experiences I am living are pointing me the way. And, I am sure, if I believed I knew already, I would be missing most of them.
> I am confident the answer will come when it needs to come, when I am ready! And, until then, I will not worry. Sometimes, the best plan is not to have one.
Watching the sunset at Tanah Lot, Bali, Indonesia