Is Your Future Self Going To Hate Your Present Self?

Is Your Future Self Going To Hate Your Present Self?

Posted on January 18, 2012

A video clip caught my attention during the Golden Globe Awards. It was from the movie Shawshank Redemption where Morgan Freeman is talking about his younger self, the one that brought him to the jail that he was spending his old age in. This got me thinking about the connection between our present self and our future self.

Here is the clip from the movie Shawshank Redemption.

Our present self sometimes does not think about our future self. But someday that future self will become the present self and regret the choices that were made earlier. The character played by Morgan Freeman cannot even relate to his younger self. If he got a chance then he would put some sense into his younger self. But he knows he cannot.

If you ponder this for a moment and imagine your future self talking to you today then what is the advice you think you are going to get from your future self? Will this advice conflict with your present self? I bet it will be. Your future self may tell you to save more money for retirement when your present self wants to spend. Your future self may advice you to exercise more when your present self would like to sleep in. So, yes there will be a battle. This battle is the topic of Daniel Goldstein’s Ted Talks.

What I like about this talk is the completeness of defining a problem, explaining the shortcomings of the current solutions and then giving a new set of solutions that can be customized for the individual. Daniel Goldstein was able to do all of this while making the presentation entertaining.

I personally have a long list of things that due to lack of self-discipline am not able to accomplish. So, I am pretty sure my future self is going to hate my present self. That is why the simulation tools that Daniel Goldstein has shown will be very useful for me to make some changes to my current choices. One of them is to replace eating white rice with brown rice. Good luck to me on that!

Are you making some life choices today that someday you are going to regret?

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    Maybe your future self will ironically tell you that you should have relaxed more and been easier on yourself.

    This post reminds me of another great post I saw on the “Art of Manliness” blog. It wisely states that “the child is the father to the man.”

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