I am facing a tough reality.
You see, when I am tired and uninspired, my future self whispers away my worries. She assures me that she’s going to take care of it. She’s really going to get some stuff done.
I fall for it, convinced she’ll come through. She’s got this. She’ll make good life decisions. She’ll save the day, as in tomorrow.
So I’ll just leave everything to her. You go, woman!
But it’s finally clear to me. My future self is all smoke and mirrors. She’s not nearly as awesome as I’ve been led to believe. It’s not like she bribed her kid’s way into college, but still...
She’s not going to feel like it.
She’s not going to have her act together.
She’s not going to be well rested and rational.
She’s not going to want to work out, get groceries, stop for gas, scrub the tub and put the laundry away. She’s certainly not going to be excited to floss.
Here’s an even harder truth: She’s going to be just as hesitant as me to make even bolder moves on my behalf.
She’s not going to want to DO. THE. THINGS. She’s not going to want to do them any more than I do, right now.
That's why it’s time I quit expecting her to show up all perky and productive.
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Does your future self tell you lies?
Does that person persuade you that later is fine? Are you counting on that self to help you feel more in control and less anxious, or even more important, to get you what you truly want in life?
People let you down sometimes, and it’s best to forgive, forget and get on with living. That’s what I am planning to do.
It has to be me. I have to DO. THE. THINGS.
See ya, future self. I’ll be here in real time doing you some favors.
I am Margie Reece. I am here to help you rock your chores and have some fun doing it.