“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”
~ Dr. Emmett Brown in Back to the Future
It is not my style to spend a lot of time looking back on reflecting on my life.
Don’t get me wrong. Reminiscing with friends and family, looking at old photos, and doing some resemblance of the Hustle on the dance floor if disco music starts to play, are all fun.
But when I think about how I got to where I am today or what I could have done differently – most days that seems like a waste of my time.
You can’t change what you can’t change.
I am where I am because it’s where I belong today. You are where you are because it is where you belong today.
Life seems simpler when you approach it one day at a time.
But all the discussion about Back to the Future’s 30th Anniversary and how we are ‘here’ in the future today, October 21, 2015 did get me to do a bit of introspective thinking.
In October 1985 my corporate career was thriving, my friendships abounded and I spent a lot of time looking for love (sometimes in all the wrong places!)
I was following the path of least resistance and the one that was expected of me in that generation of feminism, climbing the corporate ladder and breaking the glass ceiling.
What I didn’t know is that within the next 18 months, it would all change and my world would start to look very, very different.
It’s now 2015.
How much has changed? How much have you changed? How much have we all learned?
Dr. Emmett Brown was right – we don’t need roads where we are going. We just need direction.
The path that took me where I am today could not have been laid out on a map.
In all likelihood, neither could yours.
And for some, along the way, even the direction may have changed. But one step at a time, you knew in your heart the direction you had to go in.
The difference between today and 30 years ago is knowing what I do today is not about me.
What I do each day is about what I am creating for the future. Yes, my future, but more importantly my son’s futures, any grandkiddies that may come our way, and more significantly, the small (or large!) portion of the world that I can influence.
What I do is not about satisfying a need for me to have a book published, my name on a byline, ‘own’ a company or to show how healthy I am because of the supplements I’ve been taking and selling for many years.
It is not about showing others that I can do whatever it is I can do.
It IS about sharing my learned experiences and making a difference in the place and space I have been provided with to exist.
The smile, a touch, a caring glance. Sharing the lessons I have learned to reach out to help others who are struggling. Be it mentally, physically, emotionally; with health, business or their faith.
It’s not about getting it right and impressing someone, it’s about getting it right and making a difference.
However small, subtle, or big the difference might be.
You can do this too! You can create the future!
It’s about recognizing your capabilities, your gifts and talents and using them to make change. Not to sit still.
More from Back to the Future
Marty McFly: Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?
Dr. Emmett Brown: The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?
It’s about being innovative with your family, your relationships, your home, with what you cook, in your job, with your volunteer work, among your community, in your church.
The way to move forward to the future is using your gifts and sharing them with style! With flair! With the ability to create change!
We all can do it. From wherever you are. Today. Right now.
Let’s move forward to the future!
Will you join me in this journey? Start here. Inspire others with how your life today is going to make a difference to someone’s future. Leave your comment below.