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Why You're Scared of The Future and How to Overcome Fear

Updated: Dec 21, 2023


A person exploring a future city, symbolizing the embrace of the wonder of uncertainty in the future.

Fear of the unknown is a common human experience. Whether it's stepping into a new chapter in life or contemplating the vast, unpredictable nature of the future, these uncertainties can induce anxiety. However, it's crucial to remember that the future is a space of endless possibilities, and fear shouldn't hinder our progress. This article will delve into the reasons behind this fear and provide actionable steps to overcome it.



Why Does the Future Scare You?


Life is inherently unpredictable and full of uncertainty, full of surprise. The future is scary because of its inherent uncertainty and unknown. The thought of stepping into the unknown can seem intimidating. It's understandable why some of us become anxious and get scared about the future.


Do you remember the feeling of embarking on a new chapter in your life, such as graduating from school, moving to an unfamiliar place for work, or starting a new school? Perhaps some feel excitement, while others experience fear. Until that day, everything may have been provided and certain, but now you're stepping into the unknown, needing to create your path. This uncertainty can be intimidating. To overcome this fear, you need to embrace the unknown and its unpredictability. This is the fundamental difference between those who look forward to the future with excitement and those who get scared about the future.


Remember This If You're Afraid of Certain Aspects of Life


Perhaps you're afraid of certain aspects of life, thinking, 'What if I end up like this or that?' Or perhaps you're currently suffering and scared of the future from that. Remember that change is always possible through action, and the suffering we go through has meaning. Also, it's important to understand that the life people often complain about is not their entire life; it's simply a 'life situation.' We can always change our life situation by making the right moves at the right time. Conversely, if we hesitate to take action, we can't change our life situation.



Most Important Things to Know About Overcoming Fear of the Future


Nothing is secure, and nothing is certain. As we grow up, we gain the freedom to choose various aspects of our lives. However, this freedom can create fear. People desire freedom, yet they are often afraid. Man is not yet a man if he is afraid of freedom. Don't see uncertainty as uncertainty, and insecurity as insecurity. See uncertainty as wonder, and insecurity as freedom.





Enjoy the Thrill of the Unknown and Unpredictable


Uncertain and unpredictable situations can seem dangerous. However, being in a dangerous situation means being fully alive because, in such moments, we live in the present.


Have you ever engaged in dangerous activities like mountain climbing, car racing, motorcycle racing, or skydiving? The higher or faster we go, the more alive and excited we feel. But one mistake can cause death. We experience a mix of anxiety, nervousness, fear, and excitement. At that moment, our focus is solely on survival; we're not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future – it's all about the present. That's why some people become addicted to dangerous activities; nothing else can intrude on that present moment.


Living a life filled with unpredictability and the unknown is somewhat similar. It's scary, but it's also exciting because we don't know how it's going to be. The uncertainty and unpredictable aspects of life also create excitement, not just anxiety. If you could live a life followed by a script, would you like to live that life? If your answer is no, why don't you enjoy an unknown future instead of just getting scared? The future is full of excitement.



Living in the Present


If we become obsessed with the future, it can create unnecessary scarcity. To overcome this, we need to focus on the present moment. We don't live in the past or the future; we live in the now. Thinking about the positive future is important because it influences our behavior, which leads us to a positive future. However, Obsessing with the future prevents us from being present, potentially causing us to miss what's happening right in front of us.



Embracing the Thrill of the Uncertainty to Keep Growing


If the future appears daunting, why not add excitement by taking risks? When we're willing to take risks, life starts to change. However, over time, we adapt to the new life situation and find comfort at some point. Yet, Once, we get used to it, we stop growing. To Keep growing ourselves, we need to seek new uncomfortable. Keep seeking new adventures in your lives. Life becomes more exciting and more fulfilling.



Conclusion


Fear of the future is a common human experience, but it shouldn't hold us back. By embracing unpredictability, taking action, and living in the present, we can face the future with a sense of excitement and curiosity. Remember, the future is a space of endless possibilities, and it's ours to shape.


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