The Importance Of Living In The Moment

The Importance Of Living In The Moment


The past doesn’t matter. Sure, your past affects where you are in life now, but you can’t live in it. Mistakes you’ve made, people that have hurt you -- they are all things of the past. Sometimes we get stuck in the past because we can’t let people or feelings go. We live each day with regrets or asking “what ifs,” wondering how our life might be different if we could change things that already happened. But what if you miss something new and wonderful because you can’t let go of your past?

The future doesn’t matter either. You can dream about it, you can work towards it, but in the end, you can’t live in it. We get so caught up in trying to create our perfect life that we convince ourselves that we can control our present to create a perfect future. We forget to enjoy what life is giving us in the moment, because we are too focused on how it might affect us later. But what if you don’t see something amazing that life has put right in front of your eyes?

The present is the most important thing in your life. Who you’re with, how you act, why you’re laughing or crying, what you’re doing right now? It all matters. Because you ‘re living in the present. How you felt 10 months ago or how you might feel in five years can’t change how you feel right now in this moment. Only what you do in the present will ever affect that. But so often we don’t remember to live in the moment, and we miss many of the beautiful things that are in our lives right now.

We forget what it means to live in the moment, because we think that our past and our future is what determines who we are and how we feel and what happens to us. But all of these things actually come from living in the moment.

Life should be about who you’re with now, not who you lost or who you might find later. Enjoy the friends and relationships you have right now, and forget any that are in the past or that could be in the future. Life should be about what you’re doing now, not the mistakes you made before or worrying about things that haven’t happened yet. Life should be about feeling blissfully happy, despite having old reasons to be sad or being scared of what the future holds. Life should be about enjoying everything and everyone that comes into your life just for the sake of knowing you’re alive. Life should be about living in the moment. So stop focusing on the past and the future; turn to the present and live.

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Fast News Doesn't Mean Better News

In a progressing society, the way we digest news has gone backwards.

Bam. A shocking event, bordering on scandalous, happens. Mere minutes later, your lock screen in your smartphone starts lighting up with adrenalized headlines that pop up one after another. Or you check social media and the lines between what is real and opinion start to blur as your naïve mind tries to stitch together what happened, but nothing seems wholly truthful, but nothing seems quite like a lie.

In a world where almost all the commodities of the modern era, such as social media, online shopping, and flying, are made to fit the accelerated lifestyle of the average American, speed is always favored. This is especially true when it comes to the whirlwind that is the world of online news.

For example, moments later after the Parkland school shooting in Florida, eye-catching headlines started to appear, each one more unsound than the next. In some news outlets, the shooter was an extreme leftist. In others, he was a violent anarchist. Finally, some pinpointed him as a member of the terrorist group, ISIS. This all became visible to the public before Nikolas Cruz's name was released as the culprit.

In another occurrence, during the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, social media conspiracy theories filled the landscape, many users believing that they were true. For example, in one, the Boston Globe, a newspaper based in (you guessed it) Boston, was presumed t tweet about the explosions before it happened. However, in a debunking, the tweet times always match the time zone in which the account is reading in, offering an explanation for the discrepancy. In another outlandish theory, memorial pages for the bombings were created too soon. But it just so happens that in Facebook, users can choose the date in which their page was founded

Though this is only two events, they are part of a vast collection, almost endless, as the majority of the new sources are unable to get rid of the bias that is and will probably be ever-present. Especially in the modern 21st century where the promptness is prized far more favorably than accuracy, as seen throughout various posts of miscellaneous events, so take a step back and try to analyze the whole affair with impartial eyes.

Now, I'm not asking you to go off the grid and become one with nature. Rather, I'm asking you, as a reader, to be aware of the role you play in the flawed internet-based world of news. This digitization has ruined the way the world processes news, allowing us to find ourselves trapped in a door-less chamber where the bias of the news outlets is inescapable. Or our vision is warped, much like the way a funhouse mirror does, letting us be poisoned by the point of view in each news outlet like the liberal New York Times or the conservative Fox News. Not to mention that in a social media each event comes from someone else's viewpoint, blinding you from your own.

Though this is scary, there are ways to avoid artifice of the online news outlets, like making sure you don't read incidents the moment they happen. This will make life easier for you in the long-run, allowing the detection of the bias and actual fake news easier than it would have been if you had read it right away as many news sources would have corrected mistakes that might have gotten published. Despite the fact that you might see news a day old, you will be better informed as the amount of misinformation you receive will be minimalized.

So, please stop checking news the moment they come out, that way diminishing false information that is seen and read. Aside from that, another way would be to stop believing everything read on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter as this will lower your stress levels by making the world more manageable by lowerung the amount of information you're getting and will make you better informed, permitting you to form your own opinions, free of the bias found in news.

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The Public Opinion Isn't Always The Informed One

Political affiliation: popular opinion

If you have a political opinion, have an informed one.

Political affiliation: popular opinion.

You know those people that base their beliefs on whatever is ~trending~ in the political sphere instead of actually researching their information and arguing fully informed points?



OK. Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about that for a minute. Let’s talk about how some millennials climb ranks among social media armies that push an agenda based upon assumptions rather than facts. With that bandwagon game, comes a bunch of ill-advised keyboard warriors fighting for causes they know nothing about.

People see a tweet that is trending or a movement that they think should be supported when, in reality, it is watered down and based on lies. How can you build an argument with “facts” when you are never given the full story and are constantly tossed “fake news” in the first place?

This applies to Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and the like. A single side can't assume the blame when it falls on everyone involved in the political circle and those who refrain... but that’s another story for another day.

Those people who only share, like, and send messages they think will boost their followers or their likability are like the cockroaches compared to those who actually do their research and make informed decisions.

Now, I keep saying that a lot -- "informed." But how, exactly, do you weed the right information from the wrong?

Simple, usually you have to do some deeper digging. Listen to podcasts, search the internet outside of social media, and find people and sites that contain verifiable, reliable information. Follow your heart...or in this case, follow the truth.

Get familiar, and get involved. Change starts with informed voters.

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