In the spirit of the New Year, I have a resolution. It’s pretty simple, it’s kind of cliche, but here we go: live in the moment. It may seem overrated and overstated, but in the sacred words of Ferris Bueller:
It may come as a shock to some, but time is constantly ticking by. You’re getting older and you’re hopefully getting wiser. Life is happening, as it does, and it’s growing shorter. I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage, “Wherever you are, be all there.” The challenge is actually living that way. Human nature seems to hunger for the supposed stability of the future. We are always waiting for the next thrill, something that we think will finally bring us contentment, because the moment you’re living right now is desperately lacking.
X 1) Living in the past. Your experiences can weigh on you as much as the weight of the future. Regrets are abundant and nostalgia can be a vicious slave-master.
X 2) Living in the future. The next year holds many opportunities and terrors and adventures and soon-to-be-made memories. Anxiety can be paralyzing. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t have a healthy awareness of your future, or always be looking forward, but don’t let that prevent you from fully living where you are right now.
✓ 3) Living in the moment. Easier said than done. Easier slapped on a hipster photo blog than carried out in real life. Time is fleeting and contentment is elusive. So wherever you are, be all there. Recognize the everyday beauty surrounding you. And be surprised by the surreal contentment that follows.