“Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for your life to begin and start making the most of the moment you are in.”
I’m not one to preach quotes but this one really resonates with me and if I have one true resolution for 2016 it is to live in the now, more. I feel like I, like many, am guilty of waiting for certain things to happen so that I can do other, better things. For example, when I was 16 all I could think about was the day I could drive and have my own freedom, or constantly thinking how good things will be when I went to uni and could live the ‘easy’ life of a student, then I was desperate to graduate as I couldn’t wait to get job and have money. The list goes on. Essentially it’s like you’re living for the future, imagining that your life is somehow ahead of you and you will eventually arrive at it. This is of course ridiculous as we are all living our (one and only) life, so we should make the most of every minute.
Now don’t get me wrong I had a great time while I was ‘waiting’ I was just always thinking about ‘how good things will be when…’ instead of really enjoying the moment. I guess really, it’s human nature to look towards the future and is a real test to be able to truly live in the present.
Towards the end of 2016, I started really trying to do this but I am going to use the motivation the new year has given me (despite all the scoffs resolutions get) to really put this in place. 2017 is most definitely the year to start living in the NOW.
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