What My Future Holds – A Simple Poem

What My Future Holds

Sitting alone worrying
About everything
About nothing
My mind a mess of jumbled thoughts
Not knowing what my future holds

Despairing, panicking
Everything overwhelming me
Something in nothing
In a never-ending cycle I’m caught
Terrified of what my future holds

Anxiously sitting silently
Head spinning whilst sitting quietly
The weight of anxiety crushing me
Feeling my life is all for nought
Crying at what my future holds

Fearful, frightened
Cannot concentrate on things
Heart beating faster now
The hardest battle I’ve ever fought
Scared of what my future holds

A poem by Ricky

When depression strikes it often feels as if the demons in the darkest reaches of your mind have surfaced simply to torture you. Self doubt creeps in and then the whole world feels bleak and that you have nowhere to turn. I’ll often find that even as a middle aged man the thoughts from this poem enter my thoughts at an all too alarming rate.

Although humans as a species like to be prepared and have a plan in place, some of the most interesting people I know still don’t have life’s journey planned out.

Worrying about the future, does it actually achieve anything?

Life is a journey and as with any journey there will be obstacles. There will be parts of the journey that you enjoy and parts that you don’t. The trick is to not worry about what is ahead of you, live life in the moment and take each day as it comes. Try not to fixate on something that is happening in the future as generally the thing that you are worrying about is never as bad as the worry makes you feel. Oh, and always be nice to people as you never know where they are in their journey.

“The main thing that you have to remember on this journey is, just be nice to everyone and always smile.”

Ed Sheeran

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Worry – Stop The Habit!

Some days can definitely be a struggle.

Stopping worry isn't easy
Easier said than done? Not if you put your mind to it.

Some days it would be far easier to just stay in bed, pull up the covers and just hide away. I’ve quite often felt this way. The pressures of everyday life pile up insurmountably and will weigh you down. But only if you let them. I know it isn’t easy to pick yourself up, brush yourself down and keep pushing forward in the face of pressure and adversity. If life was easy then surely everybody would be a success? (I’ll come to defining success in a future post). The trick is to try not to let these issues overtake your daily life. If you can accomplish this then your are on your way to beating worry.

Everybody has their own problems to deal with, some unique to that person, however the majority of worries boil down to a similar theme

  • Family/Children
  • Health
  • Money/Savings/Debt
  • Work
  • Getting older
  • What other people have/think/are doing

Each is a valid issue, however if there is one thing I have learned in my time on planet Earth it is this…

Worrying doesn’t solve a thing!

This is true, all worry does is causes stress and uses up excess energy. This is energy that would be better placed elsewhere, doing something proactive. Now of course it’s easy to say to someone “Stop worrying.” But if it is in a person’s nature to worry then inevitably they will. Trust me I know, I’ve been there. It’s just I have learned to focus that worry into positive energy. Instead of sitting around letting the thought consume me I now know to concentrate on something else. Whether that be spending time with my kids, reading a book or going metal detecting (my new passion) doesn’t matter. Just doing something to alleviate the worry is the important thing. That’s what I am trying to press home, not letting the worry consume you, as once it’s done that then it has won.

So my advice today regarding worry is simple…

When you feel worry starting to take hold try and do something else as soon as you are able, don’t allow it to consume you. Turn the negativity around, get creative, get outside or get involved in something. Just doing something away from the worry should help.

Every moment spent worrying is a moment spent not enjoying the pleasures that life can bring. Now as far as anyone knows we only have one life, it is up to us to choose whether we are going to waste this chance or give our all and embrace it.

Whatever is going to happen will happen, whether we worry or not.”
― Ana Monnar

For a few professional tips on banishing worry, please take a look at the NHS webpage Ten Ways To Fight Your Fears