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Your future is whatever you make it

You're future is whatever you make it.

The future starts today, not tomorrow.

John Paul II

I wonder what would my life be like if I had listened to my friend Sheryl and not gone to the Atsugi Naval Base in Japan, on January 26th, 1990. I wouldn’t be sitting here in Pennsylvania typing on my computer. I wouldn’t have met Nick Hodges, an officer and a gentleman and married him. I wouldn’t have  my three children.

And sometimes I wonder what would have happened if my mother hadn’t sold her ticket on an ocean liner to London and flown to Whitehorse Yukon to visit Bill Fernuik in 1956. Would I have still been born?

My daughter and I just finished watching the Back to the Future Trilogy. The concept of events shaping the future; the possibility of going back into the past and changing a historical event that will change the future.

I don’t want to go back in time to try to  change my present reality. And, well, I can’t. It was just a movie.   But I can make choices today that will affect my future.

You’re future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one.

Doc – In Back to the Future Part III

What will I do today? Will I write? Will I draw the illustrations for my book, “The Artist’s Manifesto?” Will I mope around the house and whine and complain and do nothing?

Let’s start our future today. Let’s make a decision to do something. Be brave. Send an e-mail to an author. Start writing a book. Write a letter to an old friend.  Floss your teeth.Wash your dishes. Fold the laundry. Write a story. Draw a picture. Do something.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

What will you do today?

Please let me know in the comments. I would love to chat.


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • I told people I am writing a book! That’s what I did today.

  • Berdeane Bodley

    Pamela, had i gone to London England on that ship & never met your dad, no, you would never have been born, I am your Mother, Bill was your Father & had we never met, the person you are would never have been born. Wonder no more about that my dear heart, you are unique only as you are!!!!!

  • Robin Patrick

    I needed to hear that today Pamela. Since December Curt’s mother passed away, his brother got diagnosed with cancer on the same day, my aunt died, Curt had severe pancreatitis, I got diagnosed with a heart condition and my mother died. Between health issues and grieving everything has been in a turmoil. And, frankly, I have sat staring at the walls for way too many hours. Time to start shaping the future the best that I can and with the direction God leads me.
    Today I am writing day four of the VBS scripts, not staring at walls.

    • Robin, I am so sorry for all of your losses.Your writing is such a gift. The walls can never appreciate all the wonder you are when God made you. I would love to see your script for VBS.

  • Janelle

    Today is not really about starting for me. It’s about continuing. I’ve many things ongoing, and I need to maintain the momentum and carry through. So I’m continuing to write and spring clean my house and make meals and …

    • Hello Janelle, How was your day? I need to maintain my my momentum too. I have to remember to take time to rest, and to create every day. The dishes usually get done every day. The things that make me full alive I don’t always do. I need to flip it.