Do Something Your Future Self Will Thank You For

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.


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.


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.

43 Comments Add yours

  1. Good thinking, lady! Today I will back up my collection of Beastie photographs – something I’ve been meaning to do for months 😀 Hope you had a great birthday!

    1. You should. Don’t you dare procrastinate, haha. And thank you. I most certainly did.

  2. Done and done! 😀

    1. Haha. I’m so proud of you!

  3. Wade says:

    “Do something your future self will thank you for.” So simple, and yet so brilliant. I will take it to heart! Happy belated birthday, I hope it was wonderful!

    1. Thank you. I hope you do. Your future self will be grateful you did!

  4. I usually dislike wantonly Photoshopped photographs, but I love yours.

    1. Haha. Thank you. I’m glad you like them.

  5. Those pictures are amazing and that’s good advice. Wonderful post.

    1. Thank you. I wish I had the patience to create more of those again.

      1. In a way, writing a blog is doing something for tomorrow. It’s kind of neat going back and reading old posts. A bit like a time machine.

      2. That’s true. I never thought of it like that.

  6. Great post with great advice! I had to learn the hard way about the importance of backing up important files and music. Ten years ago, I lost all of my music because I failed to backup 4,000 cds that I purchased over the years.

    1. Oh wow. I had a similar problem with my iPod in college. I lost 190,000 songs because I thought Apple had its ish figured out. So much for that haha. So you could say I learned the hard way as well.

      1. 190,000 songs wow!

      2. Yup. I was not happy. Haha

  7. Great advice…Thank you 🙂 I am not sure if this relates too much…but when I was younger I horseback rode quite a bit. I was very good but in my peak I relocated and gave it up. I recently got back into it and I was so happy I did. I remembered how much i enjoyed it and it was nice to do something just for me! Great pictures by the way!!

    1. That’s great. I’ve thought of getting back into this again but the time it takes to complete this is so intimidating. I’m glad you were able to recover a lost love though. Keep it up!

  8. Vinitha says:

    Great pictures and a nice message!

    1. Thank you Vinitha. 🙂

  9. Hi Alexis. You’re a very talented lady aren’t you! Making myself start my blog/website/business with my future in mind, was definitely the right thing to do..

    1. Hi Marc. I do hope I display some talent for you guys, but I’m even happier to encourage you to do great things. 🙂

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