PPF = Past, Present, Future.
Many experts believe that in order to have a healthy life, one must have a perfect balance of their PPF. It is said to be unhealthy to hold onto the past, not wanting to move forward; to be stuck in the present forgetting the past; and not anticipating the future/only look to the future, wanting to escape the past and get out of the present.
I once read an article about such topic years ago, and for some reason, it really got me to thinking, and I still do to this day. To many people, finding the perfect balance of their PPF is extremely daunting. I feel that I am fairly balanced out, but sometimes struggle, of course. It’s so easy to look to the past and think of all the great memories and wishing you were a carefree child again without any worries, bills, stress, responsibilities, etc. For someone my age, I have a lot of exciting years left to live, but find that the years are flying by faster each year, so I don’t want the future to attack me too quickly. The present is cool, but it’s that awkward stage of being in-between, but living for the moment.
I see a breakdown of ages as such:
Ages 1-10 are full of years of development, and major accomplishments such as starting new and learning to walk, talk, and shit in a toilet. Then, growing older and developing a personality more and more each day and growing physically. As you get even older you start to have a mind of your own with opinions, decisions, wants, and small outlook of life. The first 10 years are huge.
Ages 11 & 12 are the preteen years where everything becomes awfully confusing and is anticipation to grow up to become a teenager
Ages 13-19 are in fact the teenage years accompanied by milestones people look forward to. Being a teenager, driving, & becoming legal.
Age 20 is finally being an adult. Eighteen really isn’t. I mean, c’mon, it’s eighTEEN. TEEEEEEEEEEN. TEEN is not adult!
Age 21 (in America) is being totally legal. Alcohol is now allowable. Party up!
Age 22-24 are the years of partying and still trying to set a future for yourself in work/college/love life
Age 25 – Insurance goes down Yippie!!!
Ages 26+ What perks are really left? Retirement/social security? Does that even exist in this economy anymore?
Obviously having a partner, a family, or whatever comes with it’s own set of exciting times of life, but this is just being general here. Think about it. How is your own PPF balance? do you dwell in the past, live for the day, or hope only for tomorrow? OR do you have an even balance, or an almost even balance, but maybe lean towards one end a little more?