Fear of The Future
Question from a reader:
I think that in most cases, it’s not necessarily the future that people fear, but rather the unknown. Not knowing what is going to happen to us, to the people we love, to the world, leaves this big blank open space where we typically label “future.” And any time there is a big, blank, open space, that is a ripe opportunity for our fears to begin projecting themselves.
“After baring my soul to myself, I have found something that I am having a hard time with and wondered if it is something you might have experienced. I know the answer to this but I wanted to know how it has affected you and others. It’s the fear of the future. Do you have a fear of any kind for your future?”
I have, at times in my life, had fear about the future. At the time, it wasn’t fear, per se, but of course fear was at the root of it, but more so dread and sadness. Ironically, it wasn’t because I didn’t know what was going to happen – it was because I did know what was going to happen. But those feelings still came from a fear of the unknown – of what I didn’t know.
Overcoming that fear, for me, was about finding myself. Maybe even creating myself the way that I wanted to be, rather than trying to be something I wasn’t, or feeling as though who I really was wasn’t good enough. Planting myself firmly in self-love. I also find that having a general trust that the universe has my best interest at heart is also very comforting. And when worst comes to worst, I just have to bring myself back into the present moment and stop worrying about the future.
So now? No. I don’t fear the future anymore. I think it’s exciting and full of possibility. Possibilities that I have a hand in creating. I even look forward to it. And in the meantime, enjoy the now. 🙂