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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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.
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High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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I Expected It To Have It All Together By 22 And I'm Still Far From That

What we expected and what reality actually is, are two completely different things...

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Oh our 20s, how we expected them to be so different. We expected to graduate college at 22, have a career by 23, be engaged by 24, married with a house by 25, kids by 26-28, vacationing with the family by 30, and retired by 60. We expected college to be parties and cute boys/girls. Instead, we got late nights of studying and crying after a job that barely pays for our car, food, dorm, and textbooks. We get no social life and if we do our grades suffer for it.

Our 20s were expected to be all fun but all we got were struggles and stress. I mean I don't know about you but I expected, to have it all together and I'm nearly 23 and far from it. I had all the scholarships and great grades, and I still don't have any type of degree.

Reality hits after 18. Most of us don't have the help of mom and dad anymore. We have to find our way and make a path for ourselves. Sometimes our dreams and goals have to be put on hold for that. The 20s isn't fun. It's about discovering who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Some of us serve our country, some become incarcerated, some of us parents, some teachers, others cops, others travel or study abroad, some dead, some ill, other managers, others homeless, some still living home, and some even addicts.

The weird thing about your 20s is everyone is doing something different, but yet everyone is confused and comparing themselves to others. People feel if they're not doing what others are doing, in their age group then they have failed themselves. What people forget is that with life comes obstacles and sacrifice and everyone's life and situations are different. You are where you need to be right now, for you, and I think that's something to remember in your 20s.

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Another thing about your 20's is you're free to think for yourself now. No more having to follow a religion you dislike or hold back from things you love. The world is literally yours to discover and learn from. Possibilities are endless! I think your 20's are the years you create yourself to the best version of you and build the foundation for your future. Just remember, we all build at our own pace.

Signed,

The lost 22-year old that believes in you

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