I had a two hour train journey home from work Thursday evening, I’d finished my book, was full of coffee and there was a plug socket right next to me. This meant it was time to write.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it actually means to ‘live in the moment’. Naturally, as excitable human beings who dream and desire, we’re always reaching out for the future. Trying to grab a hold of the next best thing, and get a taste of a new experience. We use apps to countdown to these moments, circle the dates in our diaries and prepare ourselves for what’s to come. It’s easy to get caught up in the future. So much that you forget about the present and sometimes even the past.
As each day goes by and I’m getting closer to embarking on a new adventure, something that’s completely out of the ordinary for me, my family and maybe even a lot of my friends, I’m trying to remind myself to really live each day – the good and the bad. But to also be grateful for where I am; forget about what’s yet to come, forget about the past.
Right now, I’m 23 years old. I’m healthy, I have a home, a loving family and an incredible bunch of best friends. I have two degrees and I work for a cosmetics company which I truly love. I’m independent, I know how to work hard, I know what I want to get out of my twenties. I’m happy.
Writing that down just makes me realise how simple it is. It’s great having things to look forward to in the future. But you have to remind yourself of how you got to this point and all the mountains you’ve had to climb, the daily challenges you’ve faced and the people you may have lost along the way. It’s difficult to be thankful for pain and it takes a long time to get there, but you get there.
So for me, ‘living in the moment’, it’s about being grateful for where you’re at. I’d seriously encourage anyone to write a little list down of your achievements, it really helps to check in with yourself every now and again. And if you’d like to share in the comments, please do!