The Ending

“I’m not going to abandon the things that make me who I am because of a future that contains an ending I hadn’t foreseen for myself.”

~Captain Christopher Pike on Star Trek: Discovery~


In this episode, Captain Pike sees his future and it’s not a happy-joy-joy experience for him. Star Trek fans know the outcome, but I’ll leave that part out in case you are not currently a Trekkie, but are thinking about joining the awesomeness of a crazy cult space exploration fandom.

How many of you would like to see your own personal future? Would you want to know in advance the result of your career aspirations? If you marry? If all of your hopes and dreams are realized?

I’m happy not knowing – part of the point of living is facing what is to come in real time – the good, the bad and the in between. It would be no fun going on vacation if I already knew what would transpire during that time. I also don’t want to know when my car will need expensive repairs or if I have to shell out additional taxes come January.

When the world seems like it is going to sh*t on any given day, I sometimes wonder if there are aliens out there who could take me to a future world filled with rainbows and unicorns. But then I worry that I would end up with the evil aliens, in a type of future Australia with Mad Max, always looking for gas, food and happiness.

So, I am okay to be me and let the future unravel as it comes.

How about you?


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19 responses to The Ending

  1. Ally Bean says:

    I’ve zero interest in seeing my future. Nothing that has happened to me so far has been like I thought it’d be– and I’ve come to accept that. It’s part of the joy of living, faithfully.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Ally, I don’t think anyone could say that their life stories are what they expected. So, you are right that we accept those stories and keep on going.

  2. John Hric says:

    Considering that the present is doing a bang up job of unraveling I am somewhat hesitant to take a look at the future. Or to utter those words well it certainly has to be better than this ! Still I hold out hope. Dangling him over the edge asking if it is safe to go forward and not listening to his screams to pull him back in.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Ooooh, I like your idea of dangling the alien. Make him or her talk! I am hoping, though, that three months into the future, it will be better and we will not need a spaceship or transporter to give us hope.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    I don’t want to know. I’m holding out hope that I can improve myself and perhaps alter my future a bit.

  4. murisopsis says:

    I prefer the old fashioned wait and see, hope for the best, and prepare for the worst. Already knowing the outcome takes away the opportunity for hope and deflates all surprises!

  5. JoAnna says:

    I probably wouldn’t want to know. But if we did get to see the future, how could we not distort the time line? Sounds dangerous. Maybe there is more than one possible future. I’m slowly working my way through DISCOVERY and just started season 2. Awesome stories and characters. Captain Pike is a breath of fresh air compared to Lorca.

  6. J-Dub says:

    Deep thoughts to ponder. Maybe best left unknown. Though I’m seriously the opposite of roll with the flow. In most things I want to know so I can prepare.

  7. dweezer19 says:

    Well, I think it isn’t even possible to foresee your future because I don’t believe it is predestined. I think it is more like those “Choose Your Own Ending” books, with several possible outcomes. Or perhaps there are unlimited outcomes if one is to accept the theory of the Butterfly Effect. Any way you slice it, Mary, the only moment that can truly matter is the one you are in. In this wayI am able to release my fear of the future and be glad for the moments leading us on to it. Always, I am praying for the best outcome for us all.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      A teaching from yoga is to stay in the present and not worry about the past or future. You are on the right track, Cheryl, and I’m praying with you.

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