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    don't let the future close in on you

    What does it mean? Don't let the future close in on you?
    Does it mean - don't give up on your future or is it something else?

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    Re: don't let the future close in on you

    When smth closes in on you, it approaches you on all sides. It leaves you with an uneasy impression of being squeezed in a corner, or of being surrounded until somehow stuck. Metaphorically, you can say that memories from the past are closing in on you, and cut you off from the present.

    To me, something closing in on you carries a negative, almost scary connotation. Usually, we move towards future times, but since the future gathers in on you on all sides, it reclaims you from the present and detaches you from it.

    Don't let the future close in on you - means stay in the present, and watch into the future from a (safe) distance.

    Troubles, worries can close in on you...
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    Re: don't let the future close in on you

    Thanks! Could it mean something else as well


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    Re: don't let the future close in on you

    It could mean don't let the future control your actions, stop you from doing something.

    Do you have more context for this?

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    Re: don't let the future close in on you

    A girl is traumatized because a stranger is stalking her and police is not able to track him down. She says to a friend:
    "Every night I go to bed hoping that tomorrow things are gonna be different, that I'm gonna be someone else, with a different life. But then I wake up."
    Her friend says to her -"don't let the future close in on you"
    And the conversation shifts to a new topic - she thinks about moving.

    Could that mean - don't give up on your future dreams? don't give up on your future? It's the only thing that makes sence to me here but I wouldn't want to make things up.


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    Re: don't let the future close in on you

    My reading of this would be that her friend is saying don't dream up trouble before it happens.

    There is a saying "Don't trouble trouble before trouble troubles you" which seems to express the same thought.

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    Re: don't let the future close in on you

    Thanks for your answers! Still, I'm not 100% sure what it means. I found many usages of the phrase on google and I simply don't get it.

    For instance:

    He tried all sorts of ways to escape the truth but it closed in on him and finally he had to yield

    I drive to the beach whenever the world begins to close in on me.

    Stephen patrol boat was in silent mode as it closed in on its target overnight.

    The past and the future close in on a reformed gunslinger

    Those in the past and those in the future close in on us

    Scientists close in on “cyborg-like” memory chips


    Is there a more general meaning behind this phrase?

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    Re: don't let the future close in on you

    Anybody?

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    Re: don't let the future close in on you

    smth closing in on you is drawing closer and closer to you, surrounding you on all sides. Now, how good does this feel? You need space, you need to push it away. The future closes in on you because all you do is think about what will happen tomorrow - you simply forget about living in the present, you are only a shadow of yourself ; You are 'thrown' into another dimension, in time and space. And this is painful, debilitating. So you are compelled to deal with it somehow, either face it, or run - isolate yourself.

    The truth closed in on him - there was no escape from it. He had to face it. He could no longer live in lies.

    When the world closes in on you, maybe you need a break from it. Take a holiday in the mountains, or in some place 'far from the madding crowds' just to pull yourself together, and get some peace of mind. I reckon...

    The last example with the scientists closing in on memory chips is about smth else, I believe. I can't explain it really. Maybe someone else will.
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    Re: don't let the future close in on you

    Bianca has neatly explained "closed in".

    The sentence "Don't let the future close in on you" is a problem as the future never in fact arrives. It is always in front. That is why I suggest the meaning is that you must resist the future, and not allow your possibly wrong perception of it to control your actions.

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