"Keep your eye on the ball!!!" they always say. Live in the present they always say! Seize the moment yadda yadda. I'd like to present a contrarian point of view - always look ahead!
I was responding to a post at http://sett.com/spandrella/reasons-to-live then browsing the interwebs after looking at my stocks again. In that post I linked I ruminated on how transient life seems to be in the present... how everything we fall in love we may eventually fall out of love with. With that, in the present, there may not be anything that excites.
Anyway, I stumbled onto the tech geek accumulator sites and saw the possibilities for the future and all of a sudden got excited again. Cheap 3-d printing for the home user at 200-400$. Cheap homes made out of mass scale 3-d printing techniques and clay! Yayaya! I felt the inner passions rise and my consciousness awaken again. I was excited about life again - and all because I looked ahead.
I am starting to wonder now if always looking ahead is the way to go. Back when I used to play zombie apocalypse games there was a common trend to them all. You always had to keep moving forward. If you stayed in any one place/street/corner/box you were as good as dead - guaranteed. It's all because the resources to keep you alive don't continually spawn in that little 16x16 pixel space of gameworld you occupy. The resources are always spawning far and away out there in the expanses. You always needed to keep gunning and keep moving. You'd exhaust the resources on one small corner of the map as you'd go and you'd quickly move to find more weapons and healthkits. Stagnation was a sure ticket to death as the chances of resources spawning where you are at this exact moment were slim to none.
Life is kind of like that too. The things you need to advance in life don't show up at your doorstep - you need to grab the fruit down from the trees. So what does this all have to do with always looking ahead vs living in the present? Simple. In the present things may not be where we want them to be. We may not be doing what we want to be doing. We may not have all that we want to have. Everything is far off and away and the more we focus on what is now the more depressed we get. Sure appreciation and gratitude help lessen the sting but they alone don't give us the energetic jolt to move forward again and survive. We need that inspiration to get us off our asses even as the zombies close in all around us and make a mad dash for that next street corner where an abundance of resources await!
Closing thoughts: I was never a good baseball hitter ( only placed once and made one hit the entire season in little league! ) but I wonder if baseball hitters always look ahead. A ball is pitched at you in the major leagues at a speed anywhere from 70-95mph. Can the human body react and twitch in time to hit a moving object coming at you that quickly? I know mine sure can't from my horrible hitting record :p. Anyway though it seems like the window of reaction from when the ball first leaves the pitcher's hands to hitting the catcher's glove is about a second maybe second and a half by my estimate. If that is so do good hitters really 'keep their eye on the ball' or do they 'interpolate where the ball will be' due to factors such as pitcher's stance / hand position / the way the ball's stitches spin in the air / etc... Maybe the best hitters aren't reactive but proactive - they are always looking ahead...
Cool post. Interesting idea of always having to move forward.
Yeah looking back I think the target audience for this post were people who were 'stuck' or trying to overcome certain challenges in their lives. Being in that position myself I always wondered what kept me going as everything in my present situation back when I wrote it likewise seemed kinda meh. I had only lost sight of the goal I guess is what happened.
Beyond that concept this also applies to the stock market and strategic planning in general. Like for instance the stock market is HIGHLY competitive. Millions of other people are jamming the buy/sell buttons to make money just like you at the exact same moment in time seeing the exact same data. I was thinking maybe sometimes being reactive - however quick you may be - may not be enough. Being 'reactive' in the stock market is always too late as by the time your order goes in the trend may have likely reversed. Once a stock run starts it is often too late in day trading unless it is an especially pronounced trend. This is probably why the stock market is naturally 'forward looking' aka 'proactive'. It is not enough to react - one must act even before stimulus is introduced if one is to not miss the train.
One other thing I wanted to ruminate on was my tendency to 'hold the fort' and not act. I think the zombie games were a really good illustration of this as there are many instances in life where proactive action is the only way to get things done. Being the head of a company it is usually innovate or die as your competition is working double time against you. When in a situation like that one must never huddle down in a corner and hope to break the tide unless one is confident they will outlast. Most likely your enemies will never stop trying to hunt you down and you will break sooner or later.
It's a lot to think about tbh but by putting it out there it will flesh itself out more. Thanks for the feedback.
Been a while since I've put down a post - been busy with the holidays and stressed with some events in my past after hitting a euphoric peak around Thanksgiving. That's when the curtain came crashing down seemingly. Looking back I guess with good reason too...
For the longest time I was a worrying type but I've only really been conscious of this recently. If anything even came close to being a possible thing to worry about my mind would obsess over it constantly and draw out every possible scenario and try to draw up actions plans to prevent such scenarios. Unfortunately once you solved that the mind would draw up more crazy scenarios given you more reasons to worry and the cycle would continue... Thus instead of enjoying life your brain would constantly use your mind's idle processing time to worry about things.
I didn't think much of this issue until it hit a new breaking point a month or two ago. I worried about things up to the point in which I could no longer control my mental state. Yes - I went insane - certifiably insane :p. I could not control the thoughts in my head any longer. Unless I was drowning out my mind in trance music or computer games or throwing distractions at it I would always go back to idle worrying and terror. Not a good way to live life if you ask me. I could no longer control the thoughts in my head. My mind had literally taking a mind of it's own and it was filled with worry and terror. I became a recluse for a bit as I no longer wanted to face the world - it was too scary - too much could go wrong - one small unfortunate circumstance could bring down our entire existences as we know them.
Anyway while I was huddled in a corner fearing existence I thought to myself, "wow - I wonder if there's a way to turn my brain OFF." Suddenly I felt jealous for the naive and unthinking - ignorance is indeed bliss - a bliss that will come crashing down any second once 'the whole truth of existence was known' but it was indeed bliss and happiness. At my current point it seemed like there was nothing I could do to ever be happy again once I was no longer naive about the world. All my worrying and drawing out of scenarios let me see the world for as it truly was - and I was terrified!!! If one pondered logically about how little it takes to bring down one's state of happiness you may reach an equivalent state I did.
Now that I've got a couple posts under my belt, I guess I should probably go ahead and welcome everybody to the site.
If the logo looks familiar, but the page feels different, it's probably because you stopped by while I was blogging over on my Tumblr site. I was there for about two years, but I recently felt like giving it a fresh start, so I moved on over to Sett since you can't get much fresher than that. I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited to be here.
I originally started blogging simply because I love to write.
It's something that I've always dabbled with in my free time, and I would love for it to be a major part of my life once I retire from the service. Like anything else, however, writing takes practice, and a blog felt like the perfect venue. Of course, like most people that start down the path, I quickly became addicted to interacting with the readers from around the world that stopped to visit my humble little corner of the internet. That's one of the major reasons that I decided to move over to this platform instead of an older, more established site. The opportunities to have a conversation seem much greater.
When I was going through the list of things that I should blog about, it quickly became obvious that it had to be the two subjects I'm most passionate about: my family and my job.