Life moves really fast, and with everything going on in our lives, it can sometimes be hard to focus on the important stuff. Along with that, life passes so quickly when we're focused on the day-to-day stuff, living hour by hour, and finishing what we need to get done at the moment. When we stop and really think about it, we realize that years have passed. And although the times we had were great, it just seems like our life is passing by in the blink of an eye.
This is where we realize that a lot can change in just a year. While we're living it, it seems drawn out. In our minds, a year seems like a long period of time. But when we look back, it's so clear that a year is such a minuscule time period compared to the rest of our lives. Time passes so quickly, and it can be hard to remember everything that's happened — it all so easily meshes together. And that's what makes up our lives. The big and the small, the good and the bad. All these events that happen and choices we make in all of our seemingly long years make up who we are now.
Throughout the past couple of years, I've begun to come to terms with the idea that life passes extremely quickly and that at the end of the day, the only person we have is ourselves. Of course, we should continue to think of others because making them happy will ultimately make us happy as well. But fundamentally, our life is what we make of it. That's why we need to take the opportunities that are handed to us but know when to close the door and leave them behind. Change is progress, and it can be a really good thing. We'll always have the memories that came along with each of our experiences.
Sometimes, taking the time to sit back and simply think about the past week or even month can help us to appreciate the moments we've lived through. Even the small moments that we may not remember in a year or so are important. Keeping a journal or typing notes on your phone are good ways to document those little moments. I've gotten into the habit of doing so, and it's really fulfilling to randomly find just one sentence describing a couple of seconds from my day that I wouldn't have remembered otherwise. It helps us to appreciate the smaller things in life, and it keeps us humble and able to remember those things that made us enjoy life in the moment.
All in all, every second of every day is something to be excited about. Although we're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments, the little ones are just as important. Great moments often catch us unaware, beautifully wrapped in what others may consider small ones. So, we need to do all we can to stay present within as many of life's little moments as possible. We never know when our next one will be great.