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Question #89167 posted on 03/17/2017 10:12 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What do you fear most about your future?



Dear you,

Being a disappointment.

The thing is, I know myself, and generally I'm resilient. I'm willing to work for what I want, and I can handle it when I disappoint myself. I'm much more afraid that I'll find myself in a situation in life in which I'm happy, but my loved ones aren't. I'm afraid that I'll never feel good enough because I'm trying to live up to the expectations of others instead of my own.




Dear Back to the Future,

I am afraid of not having enough money to do what I want and need. I want to continue living on a budget for the rest of my life, but I want to be able to help people out when they need it and I want to be able to go on vacations or road trips whenever the occasion arises. I'm also afraid that if I have that much money, I would become greedy and stingy.

-Sunday Night Banter


Dear friend,

Well, I am in general an anxious person, so an accurate answer would be "most everything." But I think I've narrowed it down to three main worries:

1) Failure. I worry that I won't be able to accomplish what matters to me in this life, that it won't be fulfilling and I'll end up a disappointment (similar to Luciana's fear). One of the most painful things for me is seeing disappointment in other people's eyes and knowing that I could have done better. I worry that I am going to become a failure and it will be my fault.

2) Loneliness. I'm very introverted, and I worry that I'm going to die alone and that I won't have close relationships or any love later in life. This is probably the most painful fear I have because I'm a pretty socially awkward person and I feel like it could happen so easily. It's hard for me to feel loved or cared about, but I want those feelings more than anything in my life. I worry that I'm going to spend most of it alone.

3) Regret. This is the point in my life where I've been making much more serious decisions when I was younger, and I worry that someday, I'll regret what I've done and have to live with that. This is mostly on a spiritual level of regret and kind of ties into the "failure" idea.

-Van Goff


Dear Wheel Of Time,

I fear that I won't realize my full potential. 

Other, more mundane fears pertaining to the future include basic adulting. Like building up credit, saving enough for my eventual retirement, working out insurance, buying a car (and then driving that car--I don't much like driving), buying a house, and finding a good career. So in other words, I fear working out all the details of Life After Graduation. Note that this kind of fear is more of an uncomfortable nervousness that generally just gets shoved to the back of my mind, while I focus on much more immediate events like midterms.