Looking to the Future

In life, when we are confronted with repetition, it is often difficult to find the purpose in things. The tedious nature of our day-to-day activities, makes us question the significance of what we are doing and as to whether we should be doing them at all.

For the past two weeks, my husband and I have had to revert back to the early stages of looking after a child; the constant feeding, the constant nappy changes and the deprivation of sleep. With another two toddlers to look after, it has been not only tiresome, but tedious; since our third daughter was born.

But today, when I was breastfeeding Amelia, I was excited about the prospect of the future. I thought back to when my oldest daughter, Alisha, was first born and the excitement I felt when she first laughed, first ate solid food, first walked; and a positive light inside me shone.

As repetitive as it is looking after a newborn, nothing is more rewarding than seeing your children grow up. And now that Alisha is 4 years old and attending Kindergarten, all those days of constant feeding feel like a distant memory.

And I think that is the most important thing to recognise. As repetitive and tedious as life can get, it is imperative that we always look to the future. Life may not feel exciting in each and every moment, but it’s knowing that we have something to look forward to that’s so important.

Just like feeding a newborn can be repetitive, studying a course or working in an occupation can feel just the same. You may find yourself questioning whether you’re really happy and if what you’re doing is even worth the effort at all.

But you need to the look to the future and remember the purpose of what you are doing. Whether it be for that degree you want to obtain or the job title you want to reach, everything we do in life ALWAYS has a purpose. Don’t let the repetition deter you from your goals, envision the future and let that motivate you.

Because although life can get repetitive and tedious, it can be so rewarding. We just need to remember the goals that we have set for ourselves, and how we must get there. It’s knowing that there IS a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ that is so motivating, and gives us more than enough reason to look beyond all the darkness.

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Thuy Yau is a freelance writer and Youth Work graduate living in Perth, Australia. She loves to share personal stories about overcoming adversity, as she believes that human beings are more capable than they realise. She writes to make a positive difference in the world and to inspire others to learn from themselves and their own experiences. Her writing has been discussed on radio, won writing contests, appeared on The Huffington Post UK and major Australian sites such as news.com.au, SMH, Kidspot and Essential Kids. She volunteers her time as Newspaper Project Manager for Millennium Kids, a youth empowerment organisation.

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