“You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining the future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present”
– Alaska, Looking for Alaska
We’ve always been invested in the future with a mindset that everything would fall into place later in our lives. But this book made me realize that we’ve been using the future as an excuse to escape our present. Every time we face adversity that seems too big of a hurdle to jump on, when we fall for someone we can’t say our feelings to, when we’re looking for success and achievement, we always run to the future for help. We always imagine the future would be something that will give us clarity and fulfillment. But I realized how wrong it was cause we’re using it as a comfort blanket to loose sight of what’s already in front of us. Don’t get me wrong there are still things that we could not do now, but what I’m trying to express here is that we do what we could when we could, for we don’t know what’s in store for us and surely the future is not written as we imagine it to be. Mind the now, don’t ever loose grip of what we have or what we can have, let the future write itself.