How to Figure Out Your Future…

As many of you regular readers know, this is a tough time for me. I’ve got no idea what my future will be, or even who I am. It’s easy enough to say that it is whatever I want it to be (which I seem to hear so often), but it can’t be what I want it to be. Although it’s incredibly overwhelming, I spend a great deal of time thinking about the future and what it might look like (whether I like it or not)- while thinking about the future freezes me, not having any idea of what it holds also freezes me. This is going to be a very personal post, but one of my blog goals is to stay open with everyone.

How to Figure Out Your Future....

It’s difficult to think about the future when you are terrified all of the time. I’m terrified that I’m going it all alone, terrified that I’m going to make more people’s lives worse, terrified that I just can’t do this on my own. When you can’t even think about tomorrow, how do you think about next year? However, if you are a planner like me, it’s just as hard to have a life in free fall that doesn’t have any direction left. So, that leaves me stuck in place with no place, not a wonderful place to be.

Find a Focus

Currently, my focus is looking for a new car (because I’m probably going to need to get one in the next six months, and planning for my westie. The car thing is not so fun because I a) think cars are stupid and get no enjoyment out of them, and b) I hate figuring out math. However, planning for Agnes is offering me a ray of hope. I know that it’s a lot of responsibility and a lot of work, and that currently right now I’m still barely holding on. I won’t have an option once I have her though- I’m going to have to be there for her for every single thing, and that’s going to be my motivation. I also know that she will love me no matter what, even if I’m exhausted and crying for the third time that day. Also, there is just a lot of planning to do. Shots, food, toys, spaying, carrier, socialisation, obedience classes, medication, the list keeps going. (The way that I like it!)

Westie Mug

Tell the Truth

I don’t tell every single person the extent of my feelings at any given moment, but if friends ask how I’m doing, I will usually be honest and tell them that it’s a tough day or a good day or I’m just entirely confused. I’ve never been at a state in my life where I’ve not been able to hold it together at least somewhat; it takes energy that I don’t have to tell people that everything is entirely wonderful and fine. So, the honest truth it is. While it doesn’t necessarily make it easier, it at least doesn’t make life harder, and that’s all I can ask for right now. I’m finding that I have to keep my mind busy and occupied all of the time, or else my mind runs away with me, and this is something that I’ve had to share with people. I had to ask at a massage appointment if I could listen to an audiobook because listening to quiet music gives me far too much time to think; while I was embarrassed to have to ask, it made a big difference to me.


Reach Out 

This goes along with telling the truth- reaching out to people I am comfortable with helps. I truly appreciate everyone who has offered to talk- I still very well may take you up on that- but I’m finding that reaching out to the people that I instinctively do is helping. They will listen to me through the tears (and even just let me cry), help distract me when I need it, talk me through my scary moments, and anything else I need. I know that part of the hardest part of anything is feeling alone and I’m trying my hardest to stay open, even if it’s only with a few people. This is particularly difficult, because I’m struggling with putting my issues on other people, but I trust them to tell me if it’s too much for them.



I don’t know that this is a particularly healthy coping mechanism, but I’ve taken compartmentalising to an extreme. I can’t think about the past in any way, and as I’ve mentioned above, the future is a tricky place to go, too. Therefore I live in a very small place known as today. I keep putting things that remind me of anything away. I don’t want to throw them out as I’m sure that years down the road I will regret getting rid of half of my wardrobe and countless other mementos; however, it’s enough to bring on nausea and dizziness and more tears than you would think a person could have. Music, you live in this compartment here. Travel memories, you live in this one over here. Movies, you are over there. Maybe I can come visit your compartments in the future, but for right now, I’ve got to stay here on my own.

Luggage Compartments

Accept It All

As difficult as it all is, acceptance is the hardest. Not having a say in anything, not knowing what anything is or will be, not having an idea of who I am anymore, it’s cruel and I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. However, I can’t do anything about it at the moment. Everyone can tell you that you should grab life by the horns and do whatever you want, but it’s easy to say that when you don’t dread waking up and going to sleep at night, when you can eat actual meals all the time, and when you can face yourself. Right now, that’s not happening for me, and it is what it is. All I can do is what I can do, and that is life. I don’t know when, but at some point, things may get easier. Beating myself up for feeling frozen and scared unsurprisingly only makes that worse, acceptance is the first step.

Loki Thor Banff Sulfur Mountain.jpeg

We can plan for our lives as much as we want, but unfortunately, most of life is out of our control. Sometimes we are going to be hit harder than others, and all you can do is try. 

Until tomorrow,
The Historian
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18 thoughts on “How to Figure Out Your Future…

  1. Zac January 14, 2018 / 1:56 am

    Best of luck! My opinion is just to try stuff – say yes to everything, start with what’s most likely. When you find it you won’t even feel like you’re working, time moves so fast. You can try stuff all in your 20’s and wake up still with 50 years or more to go


  2. Zac January 14, 2018 / 1:58 am

    Nice post! Think it offers a great perspective. My opinion is just to try stuff. You can’t wake up at 30 and still be young as fuck. Keep trying stuff until you find something that makes you tick – then go all in. Thanks for a nice rrad

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  3. emfletche January 14, 2018 / 4:07 am

    Jess, my heart goes out to you my lovely. Remember that it is you experiencing this pain right now, and although other people’s advice may be useful, only you know how best to deal with it. The only thing I can add is to take one day at a time – tomorrow at a push. Focus on looking after yourself and on Agnes – she’s going to need you as much as you need her. Love and hugs xx

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    • anhistorianabouttown January 14, 2018 / 7:32 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Em. People like to tell me that much of the world has gone through worse experiences than me, and I don’t dispute that in any way- unfortunately at the end of the day, this is something that I have to go through, as you say, and I’m trying my hardest 🙂 Agnes is now the end goal ☺ She might find me a little clingy, though 😃

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  4. LaurenEph January 14, 2018 / 6:59 am

    I’m sorry that you’re going through such a hard time at the moment. This is a great blog full of some good tips. I really like what you’ve written about acceptance. Overall try to be kind to yourself, that’s always a hard one for me x


    • anhistorianabouttown January 14, 2018 / 7:25 am

      Being kind to yourself is seemingly impossible when you need it most. What I’ve come to realise is that loving yourself can take different forms- sometimes it is taking yourself shopping for the day and buying whatever you want; sometimes it is making sure that you stay hydrated and get something in your stomach. Anything helps 🙂

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  5. gigglingfattie January 14, 2018 / 9:10 am

    I’m glad that you are back to writing more and expressing your feelings. It sucks to have to go through such a hard time, and I’m sorry that it’s been such a rough go for you – but one day at a time, right? I find your new posts to be so encouraging because you are showing that you are slowly getting back at it. These are great tips for figuring out the future. And I hope that you can find comfort in them to help you sort out what’s next for you. Whatever it is, it’s going to be great!!

    Also: Is Agnes the name you picked for your new pup? It’s ADORABLE! Can’t wait to see pictures of her.


  6. Sharon E. Cathcart January 14, 2018 / 9:28 am

    The only pieces of advice you’ll get from an internet stranger who is probably old enough to be your mom:

    1. Be gentle with yourself, because …

    2. You are going through the stages of grief, just as though a loved one has passed. It’s not really a tidy, straight line; more like a cycle. Anyway, this article may help you understand what I’m talking about more effectively than I can explain this cycle. Please know that you are not alone.


  7. lifeinkarolingston January 14, 2018 / 11:13 am

    It is a really good post! And I do understand, how difficult it is to live in some kind of limbo, especially if you’re a ‘planner’ person. But time, give yourself a time. And take care!


  8. Steph January 14, 2018 / 4:35 pm

    Gosh it annoys me that people tell you ‘others have been through worse’ – I’m sure they mean well but it doesn’t help you feel better! Everyone’s battles are there own and you can’t rank them in terms of worthiness. Heartbreak is heartbreak at the end of the day and knowing that ‘it could be worse’ doesn’t make the pain go away. It will go away though – you’re doing great! There is nothing wrong with just focusing on the here and now if that’s what gets you through the day and to a place where you feel strong enough to tackle the rest. Hang in there xx


  9. Trula Marie January 14, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    Sending all my love. I’m always here if you need me or just need distracting.


  10. Hannah January 14, 2018 / 10:39 pm

    Sending you lots of love and hugs


  11. floatinggold January 15, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    Although I do not know your whole life story, I can definitely relate to the main points you made. I hope you figure things out as you go.
    Your dogs are absolutely beautiful. And so are the pictures you take.


  12. Lorna January 17, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    If we were in the same country, I’d share my Ben & Jerrys with you.


  13. inkdries January 29, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    You share some great wisdom here. (Also the photos of your dogs are stunning!!) Wishing you the best of luck with everything!


    • anhistorianabouttown January 31, 2018 / 8:24 am

      Aww, thank you very much!! (Also, I know Loki and Thor would be mad if I didn’t give them the credit 🙄)

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