Our future is always influenced by the people around us, from the strangers and acquaintances we run into to our partners and family who surround us on a daily basis. They can influence our mood, energy, thought processes and decisions. Sometimes we are influenced by the people we don’t want to be controlled by, especially societal pressures and our parents. To that, I think we should never be afraid of going against someone else’s wishes if they conflict with our own ideas of happiness.
Other times, it can be a bit more complicated; we may have to take the opinions and needs of our loved ones into consideration, particularly when we want to create a future to share with them. We need to make sure that we are not taking too many liberties and also that we are not making too many sacrifices in comparison to the ones in our life, when it comes to our dreams about the future. We need to find compromise. Without compromise we might sow seeds of resentment or regret, when instead we should plant seeds of stability, sharing, giving and love. We should feel free to follow our passions and dreams whilst also empowering others to pursue theirs. Even if our dreams conflict, there will always be a way in the future. Love should be shared equally between ourselves and the ones we love. Love should never be one-sided when it comes to creating a life together. The future doesn’t wait for anyone, so we need to make it count.