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View Poll Results: Do you get excited when you think about the possibilities of the future?
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Do you get excited when you think about the possibilities of the future?


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I don't think I really have much of a future but thinking about the future still excites me.

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Hell no, tbh
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I can still get excited about some things - like spending more time up in SE Asia again or maybe having grand-children one day. But I tend to worry a lot - plus my mental health seems to be fairly fragile. It varies from one day to the next - so I worry about that too.

Getting excited is something that is weird for me - my wife gets suspicious straight away. Because it often means I'm getting slightly manic and then things go crazy and it gets out of control. It's a bit ridiculous.

PS I voted yes but I probably should have said sometimes.
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if i could manage to get into a relationship w/ a guy, then the future would probably seem more exciting.
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I'm hopeful.
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No. Nothing ever changes in my life, unless it gets worse. What's to be excited about?

Pessimism for the win.

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Thinking about the possibilities, sure. The probability is what kills it.
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I do. That is sort of how I got out of my depression. I finally started to ask myself what I wanted in life. I didn't know what I wanted nor did I know my life purposes. It made me sad and depressed. Since thinking about my future {including my Mom and my Sister} I feel really happy and excited. I'm a believer of manifesting your desires into your reality. I'm a believer of God and the Universe blessing the things you want that are aligned with your every being. So yeah I am excited. Anything is possible.
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On a good day I might like to think about living away from most of Humanity (on another planet, or something,) with anyone who remotely compliments me. But most days I know that's probably nobody and stuff like that never works out, so I think about making a robot that I can bond with.

I also have lots of thoughts about abstractly destroying/corrupting Humanity in various ways. So that obviously excites me but it's also more of a therapeutic thing.

Also I'm not going to be around for it so as with everything about my existence, it's vicarious at best.

Oh and if you mean my future lol I don't do that, almost incapable. Vaguely imagine I'll be dead by 30, have to focus on the now.

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Yes, and itís something I think about a lot. Sometimes I start doubting that it could be how I want, and that can make me feel sad. Iíve been more hopeful lately.

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depends, i don't like to make like long term plans cu in my experiences there is ALWAYS something that will bring them crashing down.. i i do look at the future but the near future, let the flow move me in the grand scheme of time

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I get giddy when I think that one day my consciousness will cease to exist along with all my problems and worries; and also at the thought that one day, the universe may be unsuitable for any kind of life, thereby eliminating all suffering for the rest of time.
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and also at the thought that one day, the universe may be unsuitable for any kind of life, thereby eliminating all suffering for the rest of time.
That doesn't seem very likely anytime soon though. For the time being, we're stuck with what we're stuck with.

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That doesn't seem very likely anytime soon though. For the time being, we're stuck with what we're stuck with.
And this is why I can't get excited about the possibilities of my own future lol
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Well, a part of me was hopeful that I'd resolve my mental health issues before finishing high school but I just graduated college and my brain is now the mental equivalent of a garbage can or a half-working shorted out toaster so I'm not sure if I can be excited. That being said, I do sometimes romanticize/idealize possible futures where I'm living happy, but I'm not sure if that counts as a general excitement for my future.

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Meh. It's variable. Sometimes I'm excited, sometimes tomorrow feels like too much. Mostly influenced by the extent my symptoms are bothering me that day.

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I honestly don't think about the future at all. Good nor bad. Nor do I really think about the past. My mood is solely determined by present events. Probably why I'm so boring and why I don't worry about stuff most people seem to worry about.

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