As hard as I try, sometimes it’s hard to live ‘in the moment’.
I love to reflect on my adventures. In fact, I enjoy blogging about my weekend activities most Mondays – it helps me to solidify my memories and better appreciate each small excusion. I wonder whether this counts as living in the past, or is it merely appreciating my experiences and sharing my thoughts and lessons?
Today I find myself anticipating the future. This too is an area that I try to avoid – mostly because I’m in such an awkward transitional phase between university and adult life and I really want to appreciate what I have right now. I don’t want to get caught living in some sort of unproductive day dream about how cool my weekend plans are (St. Andrews-by-the-sea for whale watching), or planning outfits around the shoes I intend to wear next weekend as I cover the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival for Ride the Tempo (although researching the acts is totally permitted).
Where is the line for this ‘living in the moment’ thing? What if you’re like me: you enjoy reflection and planning events to come; taking photos and live-tweeting events? I suppose that I’m still in the present. I have a to-do list for my afternoon that I intend to stick to before heading off on a bucket-list adventure. It’s really a good mix of past, present, and future – is it not?
Living in the moment must involve a certain amount of sitting still, getting your work done, and remaining on task – as well as being fully present in the more enjoyable moments. It’s about completing the little tasks and knowing when to put away that cell phone to enjoy the sights, sounds, and people around you. Every moment doesn’t have to be exciting, but should help you to move forward.