Your relationship with the future is an important aspect of your life. Of course, the future is not a thing. It's always just a set of possibilities. But your relationship to it strongly affects how you orientate in the present.
For indigenous people, a vision of the future is a guiding light in life. If I can have a sense of where I and we are heading, then my actions today have more meaning and purpose if I align them to that vision. This is an important counterbalance to the apocalyptic visions we are surrounded by in the modern world.
Having a strong vision of the future in which we humans have evolved to recognise our right place in a thriving and renewed web of life can support us to keep putting one foot in front of the other on our journey through life when the going is tough.