First published by the Australian Writer’s Centre 22 October 2015
Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you’d know that we’ve finally arrived in the future. That’s right – at precisely 10.29am this morning (4.29pm 21 October, California time!), we reached the point in time when Marty McFly and Doc Emmett Brown arrived from the past in their flying DeLorean in the classic 1980s film, Back to the Future Part II.
Twenty fifteen. Back then, just as the year 2045 seems now, it was a long way away – a blank page of possibility. And while flying cars, self-adjusting clothes and rehydrating pizzas may not have panned out, it should be noted that some things in that movie (tablets, flat widescreen TVs, video chat) are part of everyday life today.
It’s always interesting being on this side of history, looking back. So much of what you predict will happen simply doesn’t, while other opportunities come out of nowhere. (Back to the Future was thinking faxes and laser discs instead of the internet!) But regardless, dreaming big is something that you simply must do.
It’s vital that you imagine a future filled with your own “flying cars” – goals that seem impossible now but you envisage will happen one day (think bestselling novel, interviewing your favourite celeb, completing that children’s book or writing your memoir). Put a time stamp on it, and when you arrive at that date – just like we have this week – see how far you’ve come. I’m not suggesting a 30-year plan by the way. It can be as short as a week for small goals, a few months for others, or maybe a bunch of years for those big flying cars.
And even if you arrive at the future and your own equivalent of a flying car hasn’t happened yet, you’ll still be able to celebrate all the amazing things that DID happen along the way that you never even predicted!
We travel into the future every day. In fact, we never stop travelling into the future. So get started on yours right now – fill that blank page of possibility with 1.21-gigawatts of inspiration! Because 30 years from now (or even just next week), you’ll wish you started today. And despite what Hollywood says, no time machine can ever take you back.
Now, make like a tree and get out of here. Unless, of course, you’re chicken… (That will make sense if you’ve seen the films!)