Do Something Your Future Self Will Thank You For

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The Evergreen Apple
The Evergreen Apple

While looking at some of my old artwork, I started to regret the loss of a skill that was probably approaching its height when I gave it up. Why I first lost interest, I could never say. Maybe school got too demanding to spend six hours at a time working at photo-manipulations, or maybe I wanted to focus on my writing.

Losing all my stock pictures and my Photoshop didn’t fix any of that, either. Before long, manipulating photographs became a thing of the past.

Marriage
Marriage

Well in the midst of my lament, I thought, “I wonder if I have a copy of my old Photoshop backed up anywhere”. It was a long time ago, but it wouldn’t hurt to look. I then ventured on to MediaFire and checked my old profile. Sure enough on July 3, 2011 I had thought it prudent to back up my original copy of Photoshop to the site.

I couldn’t believe it. Granted, it’s the old Photoshop 6.0, but even after upgrading to the new versions, I used to rig my laptop so that I could run both versions at the same time. The new versions had fancy features, but the old version offered a level of simplicity that you only get from old school versions — of virtually anything, these days.

Orca
Orca

In that moment, I sang myself a million praises for thinking so far ahead, and simultaneously learned a valuable lesson that I want to pass on:

Do something your future self will thank you for.

The Face of Enlightenment
The Face of Enlightenment

It may sound simple, but when was the last time you actually did? We’ve become a population that lives so much “in the now” that doing something in the present for which we may not benefit until some time in the future, seems ridiculous.

Whether it’s with relationships, school, career goals or finances, most of us prefer to gratify our current needs and forget to do something we may be thankful for ten – or maybe just five – years from now.

The Visitor
The Visitor

So there is your challenge, whether it’s daily, weekly, monthly, annually, or just that one thing you need to do.

Do something your future self will thank you for.

Violetly Poisoned Ink
Violetly Poisoned Ink

Open a savings account you can’t touch for five years, or a college trust fund for your kids. Go back to school. Back up that novel you’ve been working on for months, because computers are lovely inventions that do crash from time to time.

Spend more time looking for life partners, instead of fitting in and building numbers – whether its partners for work, adventuring, or love.

Make an investment.

Woman in the Ice.
Woman in the Ice.

I will leave you all with that to think – and hopefully act -on.

I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
I’m Not Okay (I Promise)

For more of my photomanipulations, visit my old gallery on deviantART.

Originally published on October 10, 2015.

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43 thoughts on “Do Something Your Future Self Will Thank You For

  1. I love this post. Such wise words. Your photographs are also absolutely enchanting. I can imagine the hours looking at these images. I can’t even do a simple edit. Truly impressive! Here’s to us doing something our future selves will thank is for. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. Hey, glad you enjoyed the post and my old artwork. I have no idea where I found the time to work on those in college, but amazing what you’ll make time for when you don’t wanna do homework! Thanks again, and glad I could encourage you. 🙂

      1. So true, right? We always have time for what we enjoy especially when dodging that the less pleasurable. 😊 I am the thankful one for receiving from you so it is a pleasure.

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