Forward Thinking

Forward Thinking

Tonight on the show I was talking about the future! Yikes, scary thought for some people, but don’t run away yet!

A lot of us are faced with disappointing times in our lives or moments when, let’s face it – things don’t always work out the way we planned them to. It’s moments like this that it’s so easy to get discouraged and feel defeated. I myself had one of these moments recently where something I worked so hard to accomplish didn’t come through and I was heart broken. BUT I had to stop and think “why?” and the truth is simple: Everything happens for a reason.

It’s true! Whether you believe in God, a higher power, fate, destiny, or what have you, think about the fact that everything you go through in life is for a reason. While we may not see that reason in the moment, it does become clear over time.

As we all move through our lives, and for some of us – coming to the end of our university careers, it’s important to think about moving forward. The Career Centre is a great resource and something we should all be making use of! There are incredible workshops to take that will prepare you for career planning and all of the staff are so helpful! For all us Laurier students, here’s the link to our career centre: http://navigator.wlu.ca/career/home.htm  for those non-Laurier folk, I encourage you to check out what resources are available to you.

Another important aspect of forward thinking is your health! As a good friend taught me: you only have one body, one life, so you better treat it right. It’s so true! Eating healthy not only makes you feel good now but it will have a lot of positive effects in the future. On the flip side though, us young ones may not be feeling the effects of the bad things we’re putting in our bodies (like fast food or too much alcohol or drugs) but trust me when I say, you will feel it later in life and you will regret it! So do your future self a favour and take care of your body! Whether it’s eating healthy or exercising, thinking forward it a great motivator to get it done!

Unfortunately, one of the downfalls to forward thinking is that you may not necessarily like your conclusion. With this, I was talking a bit about relationships. For those in long term relationships, too often I find people who are unhappy but don’t do anything about it because they are too comfortable with their situation or are afraid of being alone. Well let me tell you – you are missing out on some great opportunities! Why stay in a relationship with someone you know you don’t want to spend the rest of your life with? If you’re afraid of being single, don’t think of it as being alone, think of it as a time to rediscover yourself – I’ve always said you can’t be happy with someone until you learn how to be happy on your own. If you’re stuck in a rut, take some time for you! Treat yourself to a coffee or a movie – by yourself! I know it seems scary, but I promise you it is the most liberating feeling 🙂

And for those of you who are in a relationship and don’t know where you stand on the subject, ask yourself this: “Is this person the one person I want by my side through the happiest times in my life and the sad ones?” If your answer is yes, then congratulations, you may have found the person of your dreams!

Thinking forward may be a bit daunting but it can help us get through some pretty tough times. Keep your head up! How else are you going to be able to see the silver lining?

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