My English teacher brought up a very good point when he said that teachers should not be focusing on what the future may bring. Students should not have to suffer now for what they will inevitably suffer later on in their academic careers.
When the Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him most about humanity, he replied, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.”
The point is to not worry about what doesn’t exist yet or has come to pass. We all have clocks and none of us can tell the time. Stop preparing for the uncertain future and start living in the now. You plan, plan, plan, and nothing comes to fruition. You’ve just wasted your time because of unknown unknowns and known unknowns. You worry about the future which has not yet come to pass and you’re not enjoying the present because of you planning all your enjoyment in the future. We are the only living things that have pleasure calculators that makes decisions between sacrifices for enjoyment and yet almost every other living thing seems to be happier than us. The future does not exist, so why stress out about what you know that you don’t know and can’t know? That is the lesson that the Dalai Lama is trying to portray and it is advice that we should all take. But as Saul Goodman would say, “Some people are immune to good advice.”