Back to the present

There was always a sense of wonder and optimism about 2015, during those cosy Saturday nights curled on the couch watching Back to the Future in the 80s.

We’d calculate how old we’d be on 21 October 2015. We’d wonder if we’d have a family by then. Imagine what our career would look like. What we’d look like. Whether we’d be happy…

And here we are, at last, where the future meets the present.

As with many of our own futuristic imaginings, the writers of Back to the Future got a lot wrong. They missed a lot. Things weren’t as advanced as they imagined in some ways. In other ways, they’re far more advanced than they envisaged.

Like the writers of the movie, no matter how much time we spend trying to work out what’s going to happen, second-guessing, worrying, preparing… there’s an awful lot that we simply can’t know. There’s a lot that we can’t control or prepare for.

Think back to everything that’s happened in your life between 1985 (if you were born!) and 2015. The path wasn’t linear. It didn’t unfold neatly the way you ordered.

Looking forward, the path won’t be linear either. You can no more predict what’s going to happen now as you could then.

Today is our most precious resource. Not because it represents a fictional ‘arrival’ date for some Hollywood time travellers, but because it’s the present.

We don’t know what happens from the 22nd of October onwards. The writers didn’t tell us…


“Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry—all forms of fear—are caused by too much future,
and not enough presence”

Eckhart Tolle   

And that’s exactly how it should be. DeLorean or not, all we can do is step forward into tomorrow, and into the day after tomorrow, and the day after that—and trust that we have the resources and the people around us to make it through whatever the present holds for us.

Whatever the present holds…

Is that a concept we think about often enough?

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All the best!

Emma & Audrey

About The Author

Emma Grey & Audrey Thomas

Audrey Thomas and Emma Grey are productivity experts, authors of 'I Don't Have Time' and its forthcoming sequel 'I Can't Be Bothered', and co-founders of the popular online program, My 15 Minutes. They help busy women reclaim their time and energy around the real-life challenges of modern life.

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