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Go; Live in the Moment

Too often we give away the now for a glance at the past and future.

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Joanna Bieda

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Lights. Camera. Action. You’ve practiced. You’re prepped. You’re focused on the audience. We have all been for practically our entire lives, but does it ever get to be too commanding?

Brian Kim, UCLA graduate and writer found that “others have their heads stuck in the past, reliving and clinging to the glory of the old days and in the midst of this future and past-oriented thinking.” He said that life gets destroyed in the process.

We need to focus on the now. Misery sourced from a lack of delight in something seems more prevalent than it ever has before. Getting rid of said misery starts from fixing the exact two things Brain Kim speaks of: the past and the future.

What has passed is in the past. Things happen; mistakes occur. An individual cannot go back and change the day they were born, asked that person out, or broke their leg, no matter how much they wish they could. Whether the reader believes in things happening for a reason or not, it should be known that they cannot be changed. People are ultimately stuck with the choices they have made, big or small.

Being able to live in the now means that we have to understand that certain things are out of our grasp, as well. To be perfectly clear, and while it is obvious, our choices are in our grasp — what spawns from them is not always. As soon as it is recognized that repercussions are not always direct results, that there are other factors that we cannot help, it seems as though half our worries about the future are gone. Certain things are lost causes. I, myself, am a victim of caring too much about the future, and it has taken its toll on my inexperienced 14-year-old self. The idea that fate might actually be a thing and that things may happen for a reason has taken, admittedly, at least an eighth of the weight off my shoulders. I cannot worry about everything.

To relieve the stresses of the past and the future on the now, we undoubtedly cannot be stressing all the time. The definition of living in the moment is often defined as being conscious, aware and in the present with all of one’s senses. It means focusing on the task at hand; it does not mean thinking about what is happening after school while reading this article.

Take a moment to do the opposite of what everyone is recommending. While it may sound hypocritical, follow this advice instead. One glance at a parent, and it is a face that says, “Why are you just sitting around? Be productive.” A second glance at a teacher, and it is, “I’ve been waiting to grade that assignment.” A third glance gives the realization that the guidance individuals have been receiving have progressively been burdening them more and more.

I have noticed that the less I keep track of time, the more I am able to savor things; my mind isn’t focused on the unnecessary. In the end, if we do not enjoy ourselves enough, we are losing the only thing we have left in the end, the memories of our moments. Nothing lasts as long as those.

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