7 Reasons Why You Should Live In The Moment

7 Reasons Why You Should Live In The Moment

It's important to enjoy the present.
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Living in the moment…

Although this sounds quite simple, human beings really do struggle with enjoying the moment. We all tend to spend too much time replaying past moments in our head or planning for the future so we miss out on the moments that are taking place right before our eyes. We need to become more aware of the beauty of the present. We need to stop in our tracks and take everything in that is around us. Life really does fly by, and if we’re all distracted by the past and the future, we will not be able to appreciate the magnificence that lies within every moment.

Yes, it is an important part of human nature to plan ahead. We set goals for ourselves because there are certain things that we want to achieve in life, there are certain things that we want to look forward to and get excited about. Our goals serve as our motivators, they add so much meaning to our lives, and they ultimately shape us into who we are. Living in the moment does not mean that an individual should not consider their goals. Living in the moment means being cognizant of what is happening around us and what we are experiencing.

What’s so important about living in the moment?

Being present results in decreased stressed.

When we become too consumed in our thoughts, we can become really stressed which can be very detrimental to our health. It’s important to stimulate your life with strategies that will enable you to stay more focused on each moment that you are presented with.

Planning does not always work out the way you want it to.

This statement really does hold true. Plans fall through all of the time. We are all human, so we make mistakes. It is just a part of life... we are not perfect. Planning everything out can result in anger and aggravation because the more that you plan, the more likely it is that your plans do not fulfill what you expected.

You will become a happier person.

Everyone wants to be happy in life…there is no feeling that compares to genuine happiness. When you immerse yourself in the present, you are allowing yourself to gain a new perspective on life, a perspective consisting of positivity, appreciation, and admiration. When your mind breaks free from thoughts of the past and planning for the future, it is more possible to harbor contentment.

You will worry less.

When you’re not focused on what needs to get done and how it will get done, you won’t have to worry all of the time. You have to push yourself to become more confident and believe that you have the ability to handle anything that is thrown your way. Stop second-guessing yourself.

You will enjoy moments for what they are.

When we are constantly reminiscing about the past, we tend to compare our past experiences with what we are experiencing now. You’ll be able to enjoy life more when you’re not comparing how things are to how they used to be or how they could be.

You won’t be disappointed.

When you don’t have expectations for the future, you won’t be disappointed by anything that happens. If you maintain an open mind, everything that happens will be a pleasant surprise. If things don’t end up working out, you won’t be emotionally affected because you didn’t waste time worrying about it anyway.

Each moment is truly the greatest gift.

Life is short. We don’t know how many moments we will be graced with. Life can be over in the blink of an eye. Since tomorrow is not guaranteed, shouldn’t we all take advantage of the moment that we are in? Stop taking moments for granted, plan only when it is absolutely necessary, and realize just how blessed you are to be given the opportunity to experience the moment that you’re in.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 A.M. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest,

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old doom room is now filled with two freshman trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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