Will It Even Matter In Five Years?
It is easy to get overwhelmed by the everyday struggle. We have all been in a place where it seems as if our problems our bigger than us.
During these times in my life, I try to focus on how today will look in the grand scheme of things. Maybe you are going through one of those periods right now. I want you to ask yourself a question that has helped me to regroup in my toughest times.
Will this issue even matter in five years?
For whatever reason the human mind works in a way where it inflates your present issues. Your mind will make your current situation seem as if it has always been this way and that it will always be this way in the future.
Think back to your high school days. Your social standing at your school meant everything. The way you dressed, what that bitch said about you in homeroom, and who sat at your lunch table was your entire world.
Then in an instant you walked across the stage and poof that world was gone. Think about it for a second. How many people from your high school do you actually still talk to on a daily basis? More than likely its less than five people, yet at the time you thought these people who had so much control over your life would always be a part of your world. You thought your actions in high school would echo through eternity when in actuality they were forgotten the moment the last bell rang. Everyone remembers that guy who had graduated but still hung around the high school. He thought his little world would last forever, but he eventually realized that the girls are not looking at him the way they did when he was a senior.
Life goes on and the letterman jacket gets tight.
You look up and you are now 5 years into the future and your accolades are no longer relevant.
That is a lot like how your present day problems will be in 5 years. There are a few things that will stay with you, but for the most part this everyday stuff that is messing with you will mean as much as who you took to homecoming your senior year.
If you find yourself in a constant state of dread and overwhelm, there is a good chance that you are placing too much importance on your daily failures and struggles. You have to keep a healthy perspective of things.
90% of what is going on today will not mean too much in a year.
In 5 years, it will mean even less.
When you are that cool old dude in the nursing home dating all the grandmas, you will barely remember what you had for lunch much less how you messed up in 2015.
Whenever you are confused about the importance of an event in your life, always center yourself with the magical question:
Will this matter in 5 years?
It probably won’t.