Do you often worry about the future for youself and your kids ?
February 6, 2008 6:02am CST
I am starting to be concerned about the future, wondering what life is going to be like in 20 years from now. How will anyone be able to afford a house? What is going to happen to petrol prices? Won't be able to have a car as fuel is too expensive. Will our precious water run out? What will happen then? ARe more disasters going to occur? Floods, drought, Tsunamis, etc. It seems to be getting mroe and more each year. What about the Greenhouse effect? Do you think it will be as bad as what scientists predict? Will Antartica melt? Will the hole in the ozone layer get too big? Lead to cancers, floods, etc. Or do you not worry about these things? I don't stress all the time over this, just starting to become a little scary what is happening to the world. What are your thoughts?
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6 Feb 08
well i've always been planning for my future ever since i could think about it. but unfortunately it doesn't always go as planned. so now i'm on a different path from what i planned but still, i'm trying to plan for my future as well as for my kids. yes, i'm thinking in terms of money and their education. i try to plan for short as well as long term though for long term, we can't guarantee that it'll go as planned. as for life, i try not to think too much about it as it's only going to give me even more grey hair than i want. i'm lucky so far in that the country that i stay in,my birthplace but not my home place, is safe from natural disasters and the temperature is just nice for me. i sometimes wonder how i'm going to survive in another country. i feel that instead of people and all, the weather and natural disasters might be the downfall of me. grins
8 Feb 08
I fully agree with you about this things. It is really hard to imagine what will happen in the future and what will become of us. However, instead of worrying i prefer to consider this a concern rather than worry since worrying will only make you feel sad and perhaps result to failure. As for my opinion, it is better to be concerned and do something about it. Like doing simple things to make this world a little better for us not worry in the future. What I'm saying is this, we can do simple things to conserve the use of fuel, we can join programs or donate money for environmental programs, recycle things, save money for tomorrow. We can do our share and perhaps improve this world that we live in. It may be a very simple thing that we do but if everyone does it, then it will create a great impact and then, we will have less to worry about.
8 Feb 08
I totally agree, it is better to be concerned then worry. That is a better discussion topic, I should have rephrased that word, worry. I think if we all did a little something that would make a big difference in this world. Look at how much difference people like Oprah has made by building schools for poor children, Celebrities adopting children in need. I know we all don't have loads of money to make a difference but there are small things we can all do. Thanks for your comments.
6 Feb 08
I commend you for thinking this way. I have been sharing to many people about the importance of financial freedom. This is not because I wanted them to join me in some business ventures. It is just my passion to see people living a debt free life and their family in a joyous enviroment. Why must we be slaves to the world's system of being forever in debt? We need to do something for ourselves as we cannot depend on our retirement benefits, etc. Let's sit up and do something about being financially free.
• Guangzhou, China
7 Feb 08
Yes, I often feel worried about it. As today everything's price keeps increasing, except for our salaries. The education and medical fees are already a big budget. So if there is any accidents, it will become a disaster. So I hope to earn more when I am young. Therefore, I can provide more security for my family in the future.
• United States
6 Feb 08
I agree that it is scary today. I remember back to when I was a child and it seems so many things are falling apart compared to back than. Did we just not know enough back than to know this stuff was all happening or are we destroying our planet with our careless actions. Good discussion!
7 Feb 08
Well I have not really given it a thought on the global perspective (i.e. Antarctica melting or the hole in the ozone layer) but yes, I do always think (not worry mind you) about my only child’s future. Though I see you are from Australia but your name sounds so Indian that I will presume that you are from India. On that presumption I will say that you must be knowing how expensive ‘quality’ education has become in India of late and how a graduation or even an MBA stands practically no chance in the job market. My son is now 8 so I have some time and am saving every penny for his education. I don’t know how much brains he has so even if the college-leaving results are not good, I intend to ‘pay’ his way through some degree so that he gets a decent footing in life. I don’t worry much (as I said) coz that really doesn’t help any of us. I try to act as best as to my abilities. Both my husband and me are working and we have drawn out a plan. What I save is for my son’s future and what he saves is for our old age. We are having to give up a lot of pleasures in life but that’s the way it is. We are blessed though in being Indian and having Indian parents in the way that we don’t have to worry about the house (neither does our son, he gets the house by inheritance). Now about car, we don’t own one so probably our son will also learn to do without one. Basically we are trying to bring him up with very simple and basic inputs so that he learns to make do with very little. I know that by the time he grows up and starts on his own, most things we now take for granted, will become unaffordable and the gap between the haves and have nots will increase further. So I am hoping to give him a decent start and banking on the life-style I am teaching him to see him through life. As for my old age, as I said, I am saving the money but don’t know the type of life-style I can afford.
7 Feb 08
Hi, Thanks for your detailed response. I am from Australia and yes my name is Indian, however I am not from India. My mum is Indian and I was born and raised in Australia. I am glad you are saving for your sons education, you are a very compassionate person. I think education is so important to a child's future. It is a shame that education in India is so expensive, I do not know too much about this. Here in Australia, I guess we are lucky in that respect as we have HECS, which enables us to pay our degree off once we have employment. It would be good if all countries had HECS so if people choose to go to uni, they can. You sound like a very wise person and you are doing the best that you can for you and your family. Nice to hear your opinions. Take care.
8 Feb 08
I guess I am an Indo-Australian, lol, never heard of that term before. Yes I do know my name means ray of light, I am glad it means that. However always thought my name was sometimes a boys name, do not know many females with the name Kiran.I was just discussing names tonight with my mum, looking for Indian name to call my daugher, was thinking Shanti - meaning peace. However my partner does not like that name unfortunately. DO you know any other great Indian names with significant meanings? Sorry I am not a cricket fan.
• United Arab Emirates
7 Feb 08
Hi, A very familiar question. I worry about the future of my kids. I always feel how the future will be for my little one. I also often worry about natural calamities etc. I always pray that my kids life be safe and secured and wish for world peace and happiness for all. I started having a feeling that I should live long so that I can care for my child and protect him from all evil. When I see poor kids on the street, I feel pity and my heart cries. I want all the kids enjoy their childhood and get enough to eat and should have shelter. I pray for all the children's well being and happiness. God bless all.
8 Feb 08
Lavenderbloom you are a very sweet and compassionate person. It breaks my heart hearing about poor kids on the street and seeing on tv the way those poor children live in third world countries. I to hope and pray for these children to be safe, healthy and happy. Hope their future gets brighter. Thanks for your comments.
8 Feb 08
Why worry about the future! no not at all. 'look to this day,in its brief course lie all the verities of existence-Action, Love, Transience. Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow veiled. Live Now! everything that may happen in the future due to the world which are constantly changing ans unpredictable. There is but one moment of time over which we have some conscious control- 'The Present'. There is no reason for all of us to worry if only we adjust according to our circumtances of daily life. In addition we should also take advantage of what possible at present. :)
7 Feb 08
We all feel uncertain about the future. As a mother, I often worry about a lot of things. I fuss over my kid, the house, the environment, etc, etc, hahaha! Anyway, the good thing about worrying about things is that it prod us into action.