Hope is a form of planning

Like many, I have a love-hate relationship with hope.
It’s active hope that I admire, that first glimmer of knowing that there must be more out there.
That if we can dream it, it must be possible to achieve.
It’s the first thought of every activist who changed the world.
It’s the first step out of the status quo and into a new life.

“After all, hope is a form of planning.
If our hopes weren’t already real within us,
we couldn’t even hope them.” – Gloria Steinem

We will need imagination to build this new normal.
To me, active hoping is basically manifesting: you want it to happen, so you make it happen.
What will need to be before we achieve our goals?
How vast can the possibilities stretch, where does our imagination end?
Even the most outrageous dreams have a realistic first step, and that’s where we will start.

“If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
– Maya Angelou

So what if you are hoping of finding eternal love or of winning an Oscar?
When your dreams rely on the world to change, you might need to change yourself.
Have you accepted that we are powerless over other people’s opinion of ourselves?
After truly understanding this (and sometimes I still forget), I stopped needing their approval.
My goals are now for my sake.

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow.
If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”
– Gail Sheehy

Some people are scared of change, some jump into it face first.
I believe change and hope are interlinked: Those who have no hope are scared of change.
But the same holds true for those who don’t value change and structure.
When I was solo-backpacking Asia, I met people who became nomads for years to run away.
There were those enjoying cultures and living in the day, and those scared to do anything alone.
Late at night sat around, some would talk about their hopes, other’s about the life they left.
Who are you?

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