Don't Forget To Think About The Now

Don't Forget To Think About The Now

We tend to get so caught up with the future that we forget about the now.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the future lately. About how the second you are born, it’s all about the future. Always setting up your present in order to prepare for your future.

We focus so much on how our life is going to be in a day, a week, a month or even years...but what about today? We make ten year plans and expect everything to smoothly. It’s good to have a plan, but know that you don't need to stick with it.

Life is all about change and you need to be able to adapt and roll with what comes along. People get caught up on plans and agendas, but that takes away from the spontaneity that life can bring.

We make plans based on what we think our future should look like and what we think is expected of us. This leads to comparison and comparison is a straight path to unhappiness.

Make sure that you don’t compare your life to another’s. Everyone’s purpose in life is different and values differ. What one values can be a complete 180 from what another values and this is important to keep in mind.

You may see someone working in a big city, wearing couture and meeting celebrities, but that may not be what you want. If it is, strive for that, but still do not compare your life to theirs. If you want to live in forest, wearing flannels and meeting bears, do it. If that is what makes you happy, you are just as successful.

Do what makes you happy because that is how success is measured. Focus on each day as it comes and make sure you are happy in that moment because that’s how you will end up being happy in the future.

Live in the now. People overlook that phrase, but it truly is the most important aspect of life. The only thing you have complete control over is the present and what you are currently doing.

If you are unsatisfied with your life, change it. You have the power to take action at the very moment you decide you want change. You can't fully love the life you live right now if all you think about is how your life will be in the future.

Remember to take advantage of each day, focus on your own values and build a life that you will find happiness in. Never try and compare your success to another’s because happiness is an incomparable trait – that is what makes it so powerful.

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Valentine's Day is Stupid, and I'll Stand By That

I am not going to pay more attention to heart-shaped lollipops than I am my assignments

Sure, it might be fun to give or receive presents or eat lots of half-priced candy the day after, or do something big and grand to show someone you care. That’s not why this day is stupid.

February 14th is just a date for me. I don’t believe that we need a day to celebrate our loved ones when we should just be doing that every day.

I don’t believe I should be any more excited for Valentines’ Day than I am any other Wednesday, because I have classes to attend, things to do, and assignments to complete.

I have more going on this semester than I imagined I would, I’m overwhelmed, and I’m not going to be able to give anything the attention it deserves if I am more focused on finding heart-shaped lollipops and a cute outfit than I am about keeping my meteorology grade up.

I don’t have a significant other this Valentines’ Day, and I’m sure this article comes off super bitter and the classic “Well, she’d like Valentines’ Day if she had a boyfriend or girlfriend.”

Still no. I had an amazing Valentines’ last year. My boyfriend brought me food at my dorm, despite me being sick, and we watched movies and cuddled and had a very sweet evening together.

Even so, he was home by 9, because I still had work to do and he had a job to get to early the next morning. We had priorities that we put ahead of a long, complicated night of romance. We decided to celebrate when it worked for both of us, not because it was the so-called “Day of Love” that everyone else was celebrating on.

And I gave him whatever illness I had, so there was that unhappy fact (and I told him I was sick, so don’t think I’m crazy for letting him come over).

I don’t want to criticize people who are out celebrating AT ALL. I can appreciate all the cute things people do for each other and the idea that this is an elevation, a way of making things magnified and fun and a chance to do something special. I just think that, for the most part, the things people are doing for the holiday are essentially the same as they could do any day, and they don’t need to take the opportunity to make THIS day any more stressful and complicated than any other day.

My point is that I don’t think we need Valentines’ Day to tell us our love is valid. I don’t think we need this day to prove any point about us having a life or being able to make plans. I can celebrate Galentines with my friends anytime I want (and I did, February 9th, when nothing was super expensive for the holiday yet).

In fact, I’ll probably celebrate the day a few times. A few weekends. A few months, in little memories and the ordinary times I am sharing with the people around me.

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5 Things You Think If You're Single on Valentine's Day

I don't know the last time I went on a Valentine's Day date.

Valentine's Day: the day that makes you feel the most loved but can also make you feel the most alone.

Even though your father sends you the most beautiful bouquet or your mom gives you your favorite chocolate, you still wish you had that special someone who you could have a night out with, but here you are. You're in for the night, watching your favorite romantic comedy and eating all the chocolate that your mom got you. However, you're not alone.

Plenty of people during this stupid day of Valentine's Day don't do or have anyone, and they're completely okay with it. You should be too, but if you love being bitter on the day of February 14th, then you're probably thinking these things:

1. Love is stupid

It's only stupid if you're not in love because if you were, you definitely wouldn't be having these thoughts.

2. I hate everyone

Why is everyone in love? Who made up this holiday? Why are people shoving their relationship in my face? I don't care how many years you've been dating.

3. I only need my dog/cat

They'll love you more than you'll know and that's the only type of positive relationship that you need.

4. Who needs a boyfriend when you have Barefoot wine?

It'll treat you better than any guy you've been with and will only leave you hurting for a day.

5. Hopefully, I'll have someone next year

Even if you don't want to admit it, having someone on next year's Valentine's Day would make you so much happier than drowning your tears in wine and chocolate.

Just remember all of us single people are in the same boat as yourself, and we'll get through this so-called "holiday" together.

P.S.: hope you enjoy this GIF of Nick Jonas

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