As I have said several times here at RJsCorner, I have always been a dreamer, even in my very early years. But for the most part my dreams have dramatically changed now. That is what this post is all about.
My years on this earth are coming to a close. When that happens is up to my creator but I can see the darkness at the end at the end of my tunnel. 😳 Yes, I will continue to dream of my future and how I want to live it but now my dreams have basically changed.
I Don’t Dream Of My Future, Instead I Dream Of Your Future
Of course, I am referring to those of you who are still finding your place in the world. I have come to realize that I was born at least twenty or maybe thirty years too early. I wish I could be around longer as once we have defeated this pandemic these coming decades will be very unlike anything in history. We are on the very cusp of exponential change. What we learn in the next thirty years will be more than we have learned in the last three hundred.
The way we work, the way we play, the way we see ourselves will fundamentally change in the next three decades.
I can still remember going to the 1964 World’s Fair and seeing the prediction that before the year 2000 most of us would be working at most twenty hours per week. For a number of reasons that didn’t happen. It’s not that the prediction was wrong, it was just dated to soon.
When we finally understand that our purpose in life is most often not the job we perform to be able to survive, but instead what we do with the time outside that job will be the most important. An example of that might come from one particular drive that defines many of us but can rarely support us. As I mentioned in a recent post, those of us who have a passion for writing most often make less than $6,000 per year from that endeavor and more than a third of us earn $0 from our writing.
Wouldn’t it be something if more of the true artists with words could spend more of their time writing? It would be a great gift to all of us. Of course, the same goes for artists, playwrights, and many other creative talents that just don’t provide a financial incentive. Now that we are on the verge of eliminating those numbing and boring tasks necessary for a large society via robotics and therefore have more time, we just might be able to make this happen.
2 thoughts on “I Don't Dream Much About My Future Anymore…”
I’m a writer, too, just finishing my first novel in years and ready to pitch it. Only when I could retire did I have enough mental energy and strength in my fingers to work on another book. I watched a podcast by an agent this week who said that this time of Covid-19 has hastened the demise of several small presses already. The small presses were sometimes friendlier to a debut author or to an author whose work they felt was important but perhaps not a blockbuster. I imagine this will bring changes to the publishing industry that will impact us for a long time, too. I came to your blog today to tell you how important your voice has been to me, as I often needed to hear from someone thinking logically.
Thanks for the compliment Linda. Yeah, I think this pandemic will hasten many things. Have you considered publishing on Amazon. They have specific apps for doing that. According to the statistics there are about a half million authors who publish e-books and I expect the majority of them are on Amazon. The average book generates about $1500/year there.
Although I have written the equivalent of six Bibles worth of words here on RJsCorner, I just don’t have the patience to do book length writing. My brain only seems to work in the 500 -100 words at a time mode. 😎