How we use our time determines the ease in which we face the unknowns in the future. That is why our practice needs to be consistent— because we don’t want to wait until things are difficult before we learn how to sit and cope; we learn how to sit and cope right now. When we find ourselves in a difficult pose, consider it as an opportunity to use your time to train the mind. Will you use this time to complain, or will you use this time to practice equanimity?
Think back to what your life was like and who you were ten years ago. Most likely, you were a different person then with different interests and priorities and maybe value systems. Time changed you. So it will be as time goes on. The you ten years from now could also be very different. For many people, the unknown is terrifying to ponder. But if we have invested our time well, we have used it to be conscious and aware, to be kind and compassionate, to be patient and tolerant, then even as the future is unknown, we are prepared. Because we have put in the time to do the work, whatever happens, we know we will be fine. Because we have used the time to practice, to sit instead of run away, to meditate instead of distract ourselves, magic arises.