One of the easiest ways to live a happy and full life is to live in the present, the now, the moment. When you choose to live in the past or the future you're robbing yourself of your own enjoyment and missing what's right in front of you. Sure, there are many things that can be on your mind, work, money, school, relationships... but you shouldn't live in the past, in what could've been, because you're wasting your time alive. You shouldn't worry about the future because you're wasting your present time away. It's important to live in the present in order to accomplish a happy life.
For the past couple of weeks, I have felt alone and depressed. I found myself counting down the days until summer vacation. But that's no way to live. We can't wait for the good things to come, but we have to make them happen by ourselves. I realized I wasted weeks and weeks of feeling sad and sorry for myself when I could've been out experiencing life, meeting new people and making new memories. Here are some things to keep in mind if you're trying to focus on living in the present.
Eliminate negativity from your life
Fully appreciate the moments of today
Soak in as much of today as you possibly can – the sights, the sounds, the smells, the emotions, the success, and the sorrow. You only experience today ONCE. That's right, you can only live this exact day one time. So make it worth it. Soak up everything around you!
Forgive the past worries
It's OK to dream about the future, but work hard today
Don't dwell on past accomplishments
There can be plenty of things holding you back from living in the present. The past and the future are problems that keep us from living in the now. There is are times when we are allowed to drift and wonder what could've been or wonder where we'll be, but we have to remember to not get stuck there because then we are wasting our lives away. Live today in the present, like it's your last day. You don't want to look back on your life and wonder what went wrong. Take a moment and just breathe. In and out. Be happy you're alive. Stop worrying about things that don't matter. Do more than just exist. Life is short, so live it.