6/18/2014
The non-millennial's guide to living in the present

Acknowledge these two truths. One, there's no point to dwelling in the past. No matter how much you try, you can never go back to a time when life was simpler. Everything moves on, and so must you. Two, there's no point to worrying about the future. Why get yourself twisted up about things you aren't even certain about? Say, why worry about where the money you save will go, when you do not yet know where you will spend it? Why save in the first place? Regrets and worries hold you back. To live your life to the fullest, live in the present.

Savor this very moment you are part of. Always remember that time is fleeting, and time that passes you by is time that you can never get back. Every second that passes you by is a missed opportunity - a chance to appreciate what you have, a chance to express your love to someone, a chance to marvel at the beauty of this world, all gone. Do not focus on the negative; it makes you anxious, and prevents you from appreciating the now, from living in the present. Savor every moment - specifically, savor the positive, and only the positive, in every moment.

If you deeply believe that the moment you're in is made for you, grab it. Why let it go when it's already there? You'll never know when it will return again, or if it will return again. You don't know what you've got until it's gone. Don't think about whether you are capable of grabbing that moment. Grab it first, then think later. Once you have it in your hands, you'll know what to do. Just grab the moment. No ifs. No buts. No worries. No regrets. The power of attraction is on your side; you'll get what you really, really need.

Grab the moment, then seize it. Stomp on it. Jump on it. Run gleefully with it. Jump on it, again, and this time, with feelings. Wear a flower headband. Sing your favorite song. Immerse yourself in feelings only you can understand. If somebody asks, just say "you'll never understand!" and then shed a tear or two, maybe. Totally up to you. It's your moment, and you can cry if you want to. Or laugh. Or shake in anger. Or take photographs of everything. Whatever. It's your moment.

No matter what happens, never let go. The idea that your best days are behind you is wrong. No, your best days are always with you! By living in the present, you learn to recognize, despite all the troubles and despair, the beauty of every second you live in. By recognizing this beauty, you acknowledge that there is always a light in the darkness, and that the best thing to do is to grab that light and never let go. You'll never know when it will return again, or if it will return again. You don't know what you've got until it's gone.

What other people say is completely irrelevant. They will say you're still hung up with the past. They will say that you're acting ridiculously. They will say that you're being stupid, that you're being overly obsessed, that you're being crazy. Do not mind them. To live in the present is to not give a damn about the rest of the world. It's just you and what matters to you - and what matters to you is the moment that you have, in your hands, right now. You are not dwelling in the past, like they claim. You know that's wrong. You are now one with the moment, completely immersed in its light. Now you are capable of making these naysayers, who are obsessed with what's been done and what's yet to be done, understand that their way is wrong. Living in the present sets you free. They will come to their senses, sooner or later. Just do what you've been doing and everything will fall into place.

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