I recently read about the following concept:
Imagine, you are able to fall into a dream, and within that dream, you can talk with your future self, one that is at the end of his life. What would you, as the dreamer, hope to hear your future self say about who he is?
This set me to thinking about the concept of living my life backwards - look at the end of it, where I hope it will turn out, and then work backwards from there, looking for ways to make this happen.
I'm not talking about climbing Mount Everest, making a certain amount of money, having a certain career, or owning a certain object. I'm talking about who I became, what traits or qualities would my older self have, that my current self does not?
Some things that I've considered are:
- I finally understood who I am and how I fit into the world
- I'm confident in who I am, and that confidence gave me the ability to take risks
- I made a positive difference in someone's life
- I was a good father (and hopefully, grandfather)
- as a whole, I left the world a slightly better place, somehow
- I was a good partner to my wife
- I was open to trying new things
I haven't made any decisions yet about what I hope my older self would say, but I am thinking about it and considering my options. All I know is that, whoever I become, I hope I'm able to do it in a positive, mindful, and actualizing way.