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Are You A Past, Present or Future Person?

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Whilst chatting with a friend we got talking about different types of people. He told me that there are three different types of people. A past person, a present person and a future person. I had never heard this before but after he explained it to me in more detail, I got it and he is right.

When an opportunity crops up for light conversation or general chit chat a ‘past person’ will talk about things that have already happened. Their conversations will start with ‘remember when..’ or ‘ I remember’. They don’t live in the past as such but they do spend an awful lot of time talking about things, people, events that they have already experienced. They like to reminisce.

A present person lives in the here and now. They are right in the moment and their conversations and thoughts are based on what’s happening now. They may chat about things happening in the news, books they are reading, current music, what they are cooking for tea tonight. They are enjoying life now and very rarely think of the future.

Then there’s a future person. This is me. A future person is constantly talking and planning for the future. Whether it’s a birthday a holiday or even further, retirement. A future person is a planner, they always have something they want to book or plan way ahead for. It’s hard being a future person because at times I don’t enjoy the present as much as I should because my brain is constantly thinking of other things.

As I am a future person I have found the past year very hard. I love having things planned, and ideas in my head about what we will be doing next. Due to the uncertainty in the world and lockdowns this hasn't been possible and it's been tough.

As a future person I don’t really like ‘stuff’ I would rather spend my time, energy and money creating memories. 

John lives for ‘stuff’ and always craves the latest gadgets, entertainment or music. He definitely lives in the present and enjoys taking each day as it comes. He loves scrolling through social media or news pages looking for the latest news events. 

Now that the end of lockdown is in sight I have already looked through our post lockdown travel bucket list and started pricing up trips to Alton Towers or Disneyland Paris. I haven't gone as far as booking anything yet but it's nice to hope that it will be a possibility very soon. 

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1 comment:

  1. What an interesting and useful idea. I've never come across that before. When talking, I'm very much a present person, but the rest of the time, my thoughts are almost all past or future. I guess at least it all evens out!

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