Living in the present moment, not the past
Have you ever heard the saying, “today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present?” Of course you have. Yet, we often still find ourselves wondering what we could have done differently in the past. We use the past to determine what it is that we should do differently in the future. Bad news everyone… When you are thinking about the past and the future, you are not living in the present. If you truly want to find success, happiness, and peace in your life, you need to start living in the present moment, and only in the present moment.
Very few of us actually know what it is like to only live in the present moment. Trust me, I am with you on this one. I am constantly living in the past and trying to predict the future. If you think about it, it doesn’t make any sense to do so. The past has already happened. It is not like we can go back in time and change it. The future, well we simply don’t know what will happen. We can try to use the present to better our future, but we don’t know where we will be or if we will even be alive in five minutes.
With all of the uncertainty ahead of us, it makes absolutely zero sense to focus on the future. When you are living in the present moment and only in the present moment, you will be able to see more clearly. You will be able to listen to the sounds around you, see the beauty in front of you, and truly enjoy life for the blessing that it is.
I am going to go a little off track now. This morning I went out to breakfast with my family at our neighborhood diner. Going out to eat with them has easily become one of my favorite things to do. If you would have asked me to go out to eat a year ago or even six months ago, odds are the I would have said no.
See, for me, I was always living in the past and trying to control the future. After being bullied in school for my weight and the abnormal size of my head, I decided to lose a lot of weight. That’s great and all, but I let it dictate how I lived my life. I was so scared about gaining weight again and being made fun of, that I would plan out my daily meals. My life quickly revolved around food. I would give myself a certain amount of calories to eat each day and wouldn’t exceed it. I was so scared of going back to my old ways, that I was trying to control what I looked like in the future.
People, this is not how you want to live your life. Please, please, please, do not live your life like this. In the last six months, I have learned to let go. Is it hard? Absolutely. But like I say almost everyday, nothing worth having comes easy. Having a free and clear mind has made me happier than I have EVER been. I missed out on too many memories all because I was scared of my body image. Not anymore. This is my life, and I am in control. If that means having a cupcake, so be it. If it means following my dreams until I can’t stay awake any longer, so be it. You are never going to get this exact moment back, so live it. Who knows, it might be my last.
What I am trying to say in this, is live your life. Live your life to the fullest by living in the present. We seriously do not know where we will be in five minutes, five days, or five years, so don’t try to predict it. If you think that you know, life will somehow throw a huge curveball at you and take you off course, so don’t even try. If you want to be happy and cherish life, do so by living in the present and see the amazing gifts that life truly has to offer. Be you and be proud of who you are.
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