If you haven't seen ABC's latest hit show “FLASHFORWARD”, you better microwave some popcorn and allocate several hours to catch up online! The basic concept is simple: every single person in the world blackouts at the same time, and most have a flashforward, or a vision of their future of what they are doing for 137 seconds.
The tricky thing is that some didn't have a flashforward, which presumably means he or she will die beforehand. Your flashforward isn't exactly what it seems either. For example, you could be popping champagne on a yacht, but that doesn't mean you're a billionaire. It could just mean you've been invited to a company party and you're still mired in debt.
I saw my flashforward showing me 10 years in the future on a cruise ship. I'm happy, not worrying about finances anymore because I'm sleeping in on a Tuesday morning. The house is paid for and I no longer have to work due to the interest income from my “Freedom Fund.” I hear a knock on the door, and it's the cruise ship's on-board room service bringing me fresh orange juice and granola. The attendant places the tray on the coffee table and I step onto our cabin's deck with my computer. I kiss the wife and start writing. The sea breeze is crisp and a seagull glides alongside.
WAKING UP TO REALITY
Apparently, my flashforward was all one big government conspiracy! Instead of cruising the world, I'm just dreaming of my flashforward for $10/minute on a government-provided concoction as the world disintergrates. Nobody can leave their compounds because the air outside is toxic and there are zombies roaming around. Websites are actually the only way for people to earn money and communicate since we never have physical contact anymore. Wait… did I just give away the next 3 seasons? Sorry!
We should all dream about our future, but be realistic that it may never materialize. The goal of financial independence sooner, rather than later is what keeps me going. Yet, I've got to remind myself to enjoy the journey just as much as I believe I'll enjoy the end. I know the series will have a happy ending, so I'm hopeful that wherever I will be 10 years from now, is exactly where I should be.
Readers, what did you see in your 137 second flashforward and are you optimistic about the future?
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