It is difficult to see and plan the future of your life when it is too close to the present time and not when it seems to be too far from it.
The future comes close to the present when the latter seems devoid of by any meaning. Commonly, when some thing in a series proves to be useless, we pass to the next one, but the passing is too fast for letting us the due time for preparing the best manner by which we should deal with all the elements from that series and with the series as a whole.
In the same way, when the present day is meaningless, we are ready to speak about the future which promises to be more meaningful, but we are not really capable to see and prepare it. The meaningless present presses us to conceive an image of the future time, though a useful image can be acquired only after a long and peaceful reflection about our past and present life.
Therefore, such wrong images of the future time cannot help us to improve our present. On the contrary, they contribute to its fall by destroying our focus on it.
It happens so with the children who dreams about their future glory in their adult life, with the young who wish for a perfect love, with the adult and old men who aspire to a future self-achievement or at least to a meaningful death. Thus, it seems that many humans spend meaningless days and lives. For this reason, we should not wonder why so many people wait for a future end of the world: it could give a meaning to all of them.