Is There Anything to Look Forward to in Life?

When you’re growing up, there are lots of things to look forward to: graduating from high school, starting college, finding a mate. You might look forward to having your first child, buying your first house, or getting your favorite car.

But there comes a point in time when you have those things and you start to think, “What’s left?” It’s at this point that some people start focusing on their jobs, their careers, or their companies. Or they start a new hobby or learn a new skill.

I’ve seen some people look forward to an upcoming vacation, a special trip, or an ocean cruise. Other people look forward to paying off all of their debt or finally fixing up their house. Some people look forward to losing weight or gaining muscle.

Is There Anything to Look Forward to in Life

Is There Anything to Look Forward to in Life?

Do you find yourself growing more and more tired each day? Do people ask you why you’re so listless, why you don’t smile, or why you don’t have more joy in your life? Do you find yourself going to bed sooner and sooner each night?

Is your routine a rut? Are you living on auto-pilot, just going through the motions? Do you do something daily and think to yourself, “Didn’t I just do this?” Is time passing by with little or no meaning? What is the meaning of your life?

Do self-help books and podcasts make you angry and resentful? Do you ever feel like you don’t have a purpose in life, like you have no goals, like no one needs you anymore? You may be wondering if there is anything to look forward to in life.

10 Things You Can Look Forward to in Life

This list is going to be different for everybody, but here’s what I look forward to in life:

  1. Dreams
  2. Breakfast
  3. Meetups
  4. Giving Gifts
  5. Lunch
  6. Hanging Out with Friends
  7. Going on a Road Trip
  8. Dinner
  9. Finishing a Blog Post
  10. Meeting Jesus

Where is the hope? I meet millions of people who feel demoralized by the decay around us. The hope that each of us has is not in who governs us, or what laws we pass, or what great things we do as a nation. Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people. And that’s where our hope is in this country. And that’s where our hope is in life.” -Charles “Chuck” Wendell Colson

Students and Commuters: Hooray for eBooks!

Students and commuters have something to look forward to both in class and on the bus, train, or plane because of the ereader revolution.

The first digital nomads, students and freelance entrepreneurs have been mobile computing at Starbucks and other WiFi hotspots for years using first laptops, then smartphones like the iPhone, and now tablet computers, slates, and ereaders. Ereaders are primarily for reading books, but can read magazines and newspapers too, some free, some by subscription, and some by one-time purchases. Some ebook readers like Barne’s and Noble’s nook let you share ebooks using a feature called LendMe. Publishers have not been as willing to sign up for LendMe as much as users would hope, but that trend may change in the future. And now ereaders are starting to be able to do more than just read ebooks. For example, the Nook just got an upgrade to allow it to play games and surf the web, but Apple’s iPad is a computer with an ebook reader.

Student Life

One can imagine that students going back to school this fall may have a completely different experience, one which may be missing one heavy staple from the past: textbooks. Instead of carrying large books around in a book bag, one could see students carrying nooks wrapped in their nook covers containing their nook ebooks. This would be quite a contrast, but will publishers buy into it and publish their textbooks in ebook form? Will students buy enough ebook readers to support it? Will schools and teachers allow the ebook readers in their classrooms? We won’t know for sure until later on this year.

Commuting: More Green Benefits

Not only do commuters help the environment and their wallet by sharing rides or riding public transportation, but they also help reduce the amount of paper and distribution cost of that paper when they choose an ebook over a traditional paper book. Car drivers everywhere, while they can come and go as they please, have higher costs from maintaining an automobile, create more pollution, and don’t get to relax with a newspaper, whether that newspaper be in paper form or as an ebook. Will subway trains be full of ebook readers in the future? What will people hide behind when they don’t want to look at the person across from them on the train, plane, or bus? Maybe they’ll all just get along a little better, and maybe share an ebook too.