148 thoughts on “Living in the Moment

  1. You only have one shot at life, and I believe that if you dwell on the past or spend time worrying about the future, that life will pass you by. I’ve always been someone who tries to plan for everything. I was taught from a young age to plan for college, plan for a career, and to plan for my future. It’s an overwhelming feeling especially as college comes rapidly approaching. It caused me to second guess myself and made me stressed. It would get to a point that I would get headaches from stress and I’d let it ruin my day. This summer my views on how life should be lived have changed. I went on a trip to New Hampshire with a group of my friends as one final goodbye, a fun way to send each other off to our respective schools. We were there for a week and of course before the trip I was trying to plan what we would be doing. Paintballing on Wednesday, cliff jumping on Thursday, but as the trip rolled around we realized it was difficult for a group of thirteen guys to agree on a set schedule. We decided to play it by ear, and do what we wanted, when we wanted. We ended up going hiking, mountain biking, cliff jumping, paintballing, and one of my friends even got a tattoo. Not one event had a set day, and half of our activities weren’t even planned. The trip was one of the best times of my life, it taught me how to let go. I realized that you can’t control everything in life, but if you can adjust in the moment and still find a way to enjoy life, then that is living. This trip has taught me that you can’t change the past so don’t dwell on it, and that if you try to plan and wait for good things to happen to you in the future that life will pass you by. I believe that life is too valuable to spend dwelling on the little things, you need to enjoy life while you have it and live in the moment.

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    • Living in the moment like that is hands down my favorite thing to do, it’s such a waste of time planning for things when you can just wake up, go on an adventure, and have a rad time. New Hampshire is hands down my favorite state too, I love this a lot!

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    • I relate to this in the sense I am someone who has to have everything planned. I am organized and do not take well with not being prepared for something. One thing I wasn’t prepared for, college. I had never found a subject that had sparked a certain interest to me. I went through high school searching for my “gift”. But yet here I am starting college soon still trying to figure out just what it is I was put on Earth to do. I’m starting to think i don’t have one at this point. But what I have learned being eighteen with no clue what my future holds is to live in the moment. The less control I had over things I found myself at ease. I have always been the person to control everything but now that I am letting go I am trying new things I would have never experienced before.

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    • I also strive to live in the moment but I get small panic attacks when I sense something isn’t going as planned and I pretty much hate myself for it. I have a lake house in New Hampshire where I have been able to find time being with my friends and family and have nothing go as planned, and every time I have been up there I have enjoyed it! I try to go up there as often as I can for that feeling of living in the moment. Thanks for sharing!

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    • I agree with your idea of
      Living in the moment and taking in life as it comes at you. I’ve never been much of a planner or one to stress over details and I think that has helped me to have more opportunities for fun and new challenges in life!

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    • Matthew there was no better way of putting it. Everyone should live for today because you never know when your time on this earth is going to end. You could go from being a top athlete at college to being paralyzed from the waist down because of a really severe car accident. You never know what could happen. People who save there money and never spend it really bother me. Why have your money sit in an account when you can use it to enjoy life. That money isn’t going to go with you in your casket when the time comes. So I agree completely live everyday as if it were your last!!!

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    • I know exactly what you mean when you go with the flow and just see what happens. Life will most certainly pass you by if you let it. As someone who felt exactly the same as you did when this summer came around, I agree with everything you said and the way you said it.

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    • I completly agree with you. life is too short and amazing to spend it planing out what you’re going to do, just go do it! I personally have spent too much time looking at the past to enjoy the present.

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    • Being someone who likes to plan everything out as well, it is really hard to let go of your planner and live. Over the summer I realized it’s more fun to live through your own eyes instead of the camera phone lens. I decided to live. Planning everything can be a useful tool, but at the same time, you experience more when you leave your planner at home.

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    • I loved it. Living in the moment is amazing because you only have one life and you want to fill it with the best memories as possible so you can cherish them in the future and feel complete with life.

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    • I totally agree! I did a similar trip with friends to New Hampshire for a week. It is hard for me not to plan because of my OCD but when I was able to let go the trip was amazing. Over the summer I have learned to live in the moment as much as possible. It is important to me now to take it day by day because the future is unknown and the possibilities are unlimited! great essay!

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    • I relate to this post because I believe that everyone should live in the moment. Instead of constantly taking pictures and videos it is better to mentally capture the experience and live in the moment. You should always take the time out of your day to relax stop thinking about the future or the past and actually think about at that point in time.

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    • There’s nothing worse than watching someone stress out about something in the near or far future. Life is about having fun and enjoying everything your involved in. we don’t have enough time to worry and stress over the littlest of things. Don’t get me wrong being excited and having high hopes for the future is not a bad thing but when it comes to the point in which you constantly think about it and stress over it so much that you are constantly worried about this and that happening exactly how you want it to happen so that you can have a happy and successful life it’s never going to end. You will always have that mindset no matter what you are currently concerned about. I recommend “going with the flow” because basically that is how you live in the moment and just lets things happen. There is no need to rush things, whatever happens, happens and that’s how people should think and live in my personal opinion.

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    • I learned this lesson later than I wish I had. I stressed about small, irrelevant things and it made it harder to enjoy my free time because I had long term assignments looming over my head

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    • you’re so right! you do have only one shot at life and you should have your fun. forget about everything else and just go for it! YOLO!

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  2. Many people go about their lives scared to do what makes them happy. Most of the time people tell you to live life with no regrets, but do not follow what they say. Its like the statement, “easier said, then done.” However, I believe in living in the moment and seeing what life has to offer. I believe that living in the moment is how you make the best memories. For most of us, it is fear that holds us back from living in the moment. But as fear holds you back, regret sinks in. Regret of missing out on that one opportunity you were too scared to commit to. Individuals are scared to step out of their comfort zone, they live their life in a constant cycle. It is in that one moment of decision making of whether or not you’re going to do that one thing, fear and doubt take over. In a video Will Smith was in, he talked about how he agreed to go skydiving with his friends. He explained how that night he could not get his mind off of how he agreed to jump out of a plane. He also explains that up until he jumped out the plane he was scared and regretted his decision. It wasn’t until he jumped out of the plane that his fear was gone. He then realized that he had no reason to be scared, that his fear was his built up thoughts of the unknown, that those thoughts could have made him miss out on this adventure.The lesson he wanted the audience to learn from this is to let go of your fear and live in the moment. While facing your fears, you realize that the only thing holding you back from living is yourself. Everyone lives in fear of something, living in the moment is all about over coming that fear and experiencing the adventures in life.

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    • I completely agree with this. Fear can hold people back from doing amazing things, but once it’s conquered it changes their lives. More people should face their fears and live!

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    • I completely agree with this! I’ve been told that the worst regret is not something that you’ve done but the things you wish you had but didn’t because of the fear of the unknown. Stepping out of your comfort zone can open up new doors you didn’t even know about.

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  3. Growing up I have learned a lot about “going with the flow” and living in the moment. In the past eighteen years I have been to ten different schools. With each new school I learned much more than what a classroom could teach. I learned to take every opportunity given to me. In my experience I’ve found it beneficial to take advantage of every possibility you are given because you never know what accomplishments could come out of the chance you’ve taken.
    In my opinion it’s is best to live in the moment now so that later in life you never have regrets on what could have happened if you took the risk. In my sophomore year of high school I had transferred to a nursing school. If I had not done that I wouldn’t have realized I didn’t like the medical field as much as I thought I would have. Taking life by the horns gives you the opportunity to learn more about yourself as well as others around you. You can be taken many places throughout your journey, and you can experience different cultures, religions and environments.
    By encountering different types of people in life it gives you more of a perspective on the world and we become less ignorant to many things. In the world we live in today we should learn how to be less ignorant and do more things that scare us and truly live in the moment. Like the great Eleanor Roosevelt once said “Do one thing every day that scares you.” with that mentality we can achieve so many great accomplishments and we may have some setbacks but that’s what it’s all about, we can’t always succeed.

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    • exactly! we can not spend life sitting back and wondering about all the what if’s. Grab the bull by the horns and enjoy the ride.

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    • I agree with this because when ever you try to control life it never goes as planned, Life has its own movement and youre only choice is to move with it.

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  4. Living in the moment is one of those phrases people always say, but never do. People are too dependent on their phones to give them stimuli. I’m not saying throw your phone in a river and embrace nature as the only thing you need. I’m saying that you need to actually take in your surroundings and live in the moment. I live in the moment all the time by just acting stupid. I sing along to songs even if they are considered girly, I watch action movies and cheer at the explosions and cheesy one liners, and I yell at my TV while playing video games. I believe we need to be a little dumb to really experience life. I think a dog has more insight on how to living life than any human. You wake up and instantly think about school, your phone, your family, your friends, work, and other small things. A dog wakes up and instantly thinks about waking you up so you can play with him. A dog wakes up and lives while you wake up and worry. We need to live in the moment and be more like our canine companions. A dog may fall for the fake throw every time, but he is not the one who thinks a horoscope can predict the future. Be dumb and have fun.

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    • I agree with your statement “Living in the moment by taking in your surroundings”. I feel like if less people were fully dependent on technology and took in more of their surroundings than everyone would have more unity. As much as the things we use in our everyday lives is meant to bring us convenience and community between each of us, it still doesn’t stop us from being stressed with things we encounter everyday. More people just need to accept life for what it really is and find the real things in life that make us happy!

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    • I agree that people do not live in the moment enough. Often times the most fun happens when you don’t expect it to. It’s sad that phones and technology are what many people rely on for a good time when in fact they prevent people from having better experiences.

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    • being too smart you’ll sit back, analize, and worry worry worry. Being dumb allows us to have so much more fun and happiness than being smart.

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    • Matthew everything you have said here is completely true. Just being yourself and no one else is how you need to live life. You don’t need to conform to what everyone else is doing, just so you can fit in. If you like something or you think is fun do, express yourself. I liked your example with you dog. I also have a dog and think he does the same thing when he wakes up in the morning. He doesn’t need to worry about anything. That is how we need to live our lives. Having fun is what we were put here to do.

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  5. Life for me has always been about finding a balance between living in the moment and planning for the future. As I grow older the weight of my actions and their consequences affect me more than ever before. This sense of responsibility can dissuade me from living in the moment, but it never seems to deter me. In the weeks before college I realized my life has been flying buy and I never really gave it the attention it deserves. Life is marvelous thing, if you worry about the future or even tomorrow you can never live in today. Thats not to say it isn’t a balancing act, maybe you attend classes and study or work one day, thats not to say you won’t have time afterward to hang out with friends or ultimately live in the moment. Its like a 1:1 ratio, the perfect combination of living in the moment and planning for the future. Its easy to get caught up in one of the two extremes, we are human and its these characteristics of ourselves that leads us to procrastinate or feel anxious, but if you haven’t already, try living in the moment a little, you’ll be glad you did.

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    • I completely agree the two condtrict eachother, you want to live in the moment and enjoy life now but you also have to worry about the future which gets in the way of enjoying yourself. And in the moment of worrying about the two time keeps going and flys by.

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    • I can relate to your statement completely. I have found myself caught in between living in the now and worrying about the future many times. I have always been told that my actions now will affect me in the future and therefore often think twice about most things I do. I love the idea of being more carefree and living in the moment yet it is not an easy balance to find.

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  6. Living in the moment. Four little words we take for granted. “Living,” something we do everyday. “In the,” being apart of something. “Moment,” the present, that specific time when something happened. Four words that just slip through our fingertips at fault by our own subconscious behavior. We are at the mercy of technology these days where we can’t seem to get off our phones, most people are guilty. It’s not a bad thing to want to snap a quick video of what’s going on around you to show people the fun things you are doing; but it comes to a point where that’s all you’re doing. You are taking videos of people having fun and doing cool things and you’re just recording them and what’s going on around you; you’re not actually living it and absorbing the scenario. The thing with our generation, and generations following us, we don’t know how to set free and live in the moment, void of our phones and trying to impress people. I know that somethings I will take snapchat videos to post on my story to impress people and show them all the fun things I’m doing. Afterwards I feel guilty because I should be taking the video for myself to look back on and enjoy, not for the enjoyment of other people. We need to break free and enjoy living for ourselves and live in the moment; don’t take anything for granted.

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    • I agree with the snap chat videos to friends. I always find my self wanting to make a video of something I think my friends would find funny when really I should just enjoy it for my self and for the moment. I feel that to many people worry about what other people are doing and what people think there doing.

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    • I agree with your thoughts on cell phones! There should be a balance between living in the moment and using cell phones. Using a cell phone is a great way to capture memories, but there is a time where you need to put down the device and enjoy the memory being created!

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    • I agree with this completely. I feel as if people use social media in order to show off instead of enjoying what is going on right in front of them.

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  7. When I think “live in the moment” I think about not worrying about anything that has happen in the past and to not worry about the future. Living in the moment can be hard for anyone though as there’s times in life you reflect in the past and how you could have done something different or better and that if you had made these decisions you would have had a better outcome. That or some worry about nothing but the future and stress about the next thing ahead of them. The greatest thing about living in the moment is it eliminates both of these issues. If you’ve had a tough week reflecting on it is only gonna make you feel worse and get you down where as living in the moment means at anytime you can correct the bad path you were on and make it better. I feel that the reason people have a tough time living in the moment is because there worried about everything going on around them and not being up to date with whats going on. Some people can’t go a day without a schedule as they feel lost or fear that they’ll run out of things to do. Its great to plan a day and make sure your gonna get important things done but be sure to throw in some random living in the moment times to keep things new. It could be easy as going to visit that friend out of no where or going to see that movie just cause you had the time. Moral of it all, the past is the past there’s no way of changing it whether its good or bad the best action to take to shape your future is to live for the moment and get though whatever is in your path without any sort of fear of future results.

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  8. I believe that change is the universal constant. Global civilizations change every few hundred years; new developments lead to massive cultural shifts every few decades, and, in recent years, the exponential rise of technology has created a world more interconnected than ever. But, I don’t believe that change is only true in the big picture. Every year, every day, every second that passes by, all of us enter a new reality, where everything is at least a little different. Sometimes the changes are major; you might have one more family member, or one less. But sometimes the changes we experience can be as simple as a slightly cooler cup of coffee. Regardless of how drastic we perceive the changes to be, they change us. Everything else in the world is changing, why would we be any different? Our individual, personal changes can vary just as widely as any change in our world. Some people grow wise with age, others may grow bitter. Some people grow to love others, while others grow to hate them. Some people’s changes come so slowly, or in such simple ways that they occur for some time without notice, but do not let this deceive you. Everyone you have ever known no longer exists. In their place there is a new person, one whom you have yet to meet. And although they may look or act like the person they were before, I believe that through the experiences they have gone through since last you met, they have grown, at least a little bit. So as we all enter this new chapter of our lives, I believe it is important for us to remember that each and every one of us, for better or worse, is in a constant state of change, and that we should make an effort to ensure the ways we change to adapt to our new environment are for the betterment of ourselves and others.

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  9. Growing up in a household where I always felt like I did not belong, I always thought differently. Since as far as I can remember I have been told how to think and what morals to follow. I’ve never really been able to think independently and now that I am officially moving on to college I finally have a sense of seclusion. This summer, I finally grew to strength to be my own person. To think about what I want and who I should be. Regardless of the circumstances I deserve to live my own life. I deserve to live in the moment. The past three months I vowed to appreciate every single minute, thought, and experience that I lived through. Living in the moment has helped me grow into a brand new person. My own individual thoughts are much more vocal now, I have no fear to express them. I personally feel like every human being should live in the moment. There are so many theories as to why each and every one of us was placed on this floating rock in space. Instead of thinking about why or how, appreciate your existence. Every single person has a brain that makes it own decisions and thinks differently than every other person. What connects us all universally is appreciating the aspect of us existing. Living in the moment can help you grow as a person, help you realize how we all connect and learn. I am who I am by telling myself that every moment I experience has its benefits. That’s what life is, living in the moment.

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  10. Too often people get distracted and disconnected from society. If you’ve ever been to a concert or a fireworks display, you see people filming the whole time. In my opinion, that’s stupid. They think they will go back and watch it again, but who ever does that? This is the problem with people today. They want to take capture every moment to relive and reminisce later, but don’t experience it while the moment is live right in front of them. While on my trip to China and San Francisco this last summer, I realized experiencing is so much more powerful than a photograph or a video, and to do so you must live in the moment. Living in the moment is paying attention to your senses, like the smell of street-food carts while walking through crowded downtown Beijing, or feeling the cold wind hit you as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge. I know a lot of people our age claim they love to sleep, but I can honestly say I am the only 18 year old I know that hates to sleep. Sleep makes you lose plenty of useful time; time you can use to go out and explore the world. One of the reasons I love New England is the assortment of naturally beautiful places I’ve been: beaches, abandoned buildings, mountains, and countryside. Day trips and spontaneous drives are common in my life. I have no problem driving an hour just hang around and soak up the world around me. Living in the moment is what life is about, something you can’t do behind a phone screen or moping around in bed all day. Society needs to collectively stop taking moments for granted.

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    • This is so relatable because I used to be in love with photography, but came to realize I was beginning to love the photos more than the actual experience. People have to understand that nobody can appreciate a photo as much as you can appreciate the real thing.

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  11. I believe that the virtual world has begun to dominate everyday life and has taken away the aspect of “living in the moment.” Coming into my first year of college, I constantly hear both my parents’ crazy, adventurous story from their college days. Back in their day, there were no phones to distract them from enjoying life and having a good time. In our generation, we have the constant need to be on our phones, whether it be simply messaging someone, or checking social media every chance we get. These things take away face-to-face connections and life experiences. Instead of going out and enjoying something, people would rather sit on their phones. Even worse, people will sit on their phones when they are at social events instead of talking to one another. We are only young once. These years will fly by for us, and I know that I definitely don’t want to waste it staring into my phone screen. I believe that people should try to be less dependent on a phone and instead experience new things that may pass you by before you even realize it. Listening to the stories my parents tell make me resent my generation a bit, because I know that everything is different than it was when they were in school. I want to be able to tell all my fun college stories to my kids one day, just like my parents did. The only way for me to truly live in the moment is to experience life through my own eyes, instead of through the camera on my phone. I need to live my life instead of following everyone else’s on social media. I think everyone should try to live as much as they can, and to take advantage of every day and make it worthwhile. Whoever you are, be yourself. Accept yourself for everything you are, and just live in the moment. You never know what can happen the next day, so live each day like it’s your last.

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    • I completely agree with what you’re saying. our generation today does not know how to live without phones. social media has taken over, making it hard to live in the moment, and live your life. instead in my opinion people should put the phones down and be social, and connect with the world around you. life does go by fast, so I agree with you, live everyday like it’s your last.

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  12. Living in the moment. Easier said than done, especially in our “way of life” in 2017. We as a society have no idea what it is to live in the moment. We are materialistic, consumed with technology, and constantly in a rush to get nowhere. Road-rage… we all are guilty of it. You know those times when a car pulls out right in front of you and then drives slow? Frustrating, right? But why? Why do we always let something so little, get us so, worked up. It’s not worth it. The car will soon be gone. Why are we always in a rush to, really, get nowhere? Next time you find yourself in that situation, I suggest to remind yourself it’s not a big deal and why let this slow driver ruin your day.
    Our society constantly is producing the latest trends and new fads making us believe we need it all and if we do not, we are not “in”. Commercials are showing us you need a new car, you need new back-to-school supplies, you need the fall trends, the new iPhone! If you have the iPhone 5, what’s even the point? At this point we barely have human contact anymore because we are so consumed by things and our phones. I hate how everyone is obsessed with their phones today. One of my biggest pet peeves, is going out to dinner and the person you are with is just staring at their phone the whole time. This bothers me so much that I gave up all my social media for two months. Now, I still use my social media but with moderation. Everything in moderation. We get consumed by it all and feed into it. We think if we have it all, we will be happy. I hate to break it to you, that’s just not the case. Things will never fulfill you. Social media will only lower your self-esteem. Being grateful for the people around you, the privileges you are given, and just living in the moment will make you feel true happiness and you will feel truly fulfilled with your life.

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  13. I believe in passion, the purest, strongest and truest of human emotion. The central driving force for all that we do, whether it be yelling at a poor driver, playing your heart out in a sport or slow hands between two lovers when they’re alone. It is that passion that mankind must act upon, that forces us to live in the moment and pursue both our desires and our grievances. It is not just bound to feelings of lust or joy, but also feelings of disdain and heartbreak. But we have come to ignore our drive, to suppress any emotion or behavior that would remove us from the monotony and conformity of modern society. But life is short, and the only guarantee that we have is the moment in which we live. The world itself follows no set path, but is merely a collection of random events that mold what we consider existence. It’s okay to be impulsive, to admit how you feel, to try new experiences. Listen to your heart, follow your passion. Pursue whatever course that comes before you and ignore the regimental fate that society has already set for you. This world is too unpredictable to not embrace every experience and emotion handed to you. Thrive upon the spontaneity of this world and let passion be your guide. Don’t let this world pass you by, don’t suppress your own expression of emotion. This is what I believe.

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  14. Living in the moment, it’s something we all strive to do in our everyday lives. After all who wants to get hunkered down by all of the regrets of the past and anxieties of the future. However, the moment you are in now will eventually fade into the past, and those things we were anticipating become our present. This pattern repeats all the way until our last, moment.
    The last moment of our lives isn’t something we think about though. After all it’s so far away, right? Not necessarily. Although life expectancies are on the rise, they are nothing more than expectancies. Not only could you die long before your life expectancy, but you can live well beyond it aswell. Jeanne Calment lived to be 122 before her death in 1997. Being born in France in the year 1875, the average life expectancy was only 43. Death is definitely final, but let’s talk about more day to day last moments. There are expiration dates, due dates, resignation and retirement dates, they all come eventually, and there is no longer enough time, right? Don’t worry, there’s a loophole. And it lies in the mathematics of infinity. Because things can be both infinite, infinitely large, and infinitesimal, infinitely small, from a mathematical standpoint you could do an infinite amount of things, in a finite amount of time, also known as a supertask. How it’s done in theory (things like relativity tend to make application difficult) is to each step in half the time of the last. The best example is probably the finite time itself on account that most supertasks require a visual aspect to be understood. Let’s take the number one, and divide it by two infinitely in two minutes. You start by turning it into a half as soon as the timer starts, then wait one minute. Once a minute has passed you turn your half into a fourth and wait thirty seconds, then and eighth after fifteen seconds, a sixteenth after seven and a half seconds and so on. As long as there is any time left and you do something in in that time, every time, you WILL reach the infinitesimal before two minutes. So for those who live in the moment, just know that we can go to infinity, and beyond.

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  15. July 4th 2017. I was on the beach watching the sunset. It was thoroughly stunning, deep purples, and romantic pinks. I was mesmerized, although I noticed that people around me were posting pictures on snap, IG, and twitter. I was let down knowing that they weren’t fully embracing the spectacular view. As the sun sank lower over the water, the fire works begun to go off. The show was put on by a swanky yacht club. I remember the sand in my toes and the feeling of the fireworks exploding in my chest. I was surrounded by the people who mean the most to me. We had brought way too much fire wood, but we couldn’t leave it, we had no choice but to stay until the early hours. We stayed up setting marshmallows on fire talking and enjoying life. Ill never forget this nigh. I realize that living in the present moment is very important. You need to make the most of the moment you’re in. This is how the best memories are made. Rather than paying attention to a phone or trying to get a good pic for the gram, you should pay attention to the place and time you’re in. The smallest moments can mean the most. When you share a moment doing something you love, with someone you love, It can be surreal. Moments should not be wasted. Living and appreciating a moment is rewarding, and takes only the slightest concentration. Pay attention to the little things.

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    • I really agree with you, people are too obsessed with what they post on their social media accounts and should instead focus on what is right in front of them, like the moments they get to experience with their closest friends.

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  16. Living in the moment is living for you now, not the past you, or the future you. My whole life I have really learned to be able to find happiness in the environments I find myself throughout the day. Even if there is a significant event in my life that should make me feel sadness, I can live in the environments I place myself in to have a happy day. Reflecting on events is obviously something that is human nature, but reflecting shouldn’t affect your decisions as a person. If you think about it, our brains are always thinking in this past present future way of thinking, and most of the time your brain can get caught in these thoughts of past and future because of the emotions your brain has linked to these thoughts. It is very rare for your brain to be on a present viewpoint, and so with that, we as people need to be able to take a good look at our thoughts, and think about how our views on our past and future are really affecting us, and be able to see that this part of our train of thought needs to at least be cut down. Living in the moment makes it easy for you to be happier with no real reason to be happy. Is there really a need for happiness to come from something? Why can’t happiness and adventure strive from ourselves as humans? If you really want to enjoy life without a real reason in your head to enjoy life, just open yourself up. Leave the past in the past for your own benefit, as these troubling memories can make your present harder to live in. Leave your thoughts for the future in your goals, because it is no use to daydream of what you could be if you’re not focusing on who you are now and working to the future you.

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  17. Living in the moment is extremely important to me. I believe that when you live in the moment and not worry so much about the other distractions around you, the best things can happen to you. I love to travel, and I believe while traveling, you have many opportunities to soak in whats around you. I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Greece last year with my friends and teachers from school. While I was there, we had one free day with nothing planned for us to do. Our tour guide decided that it would be a fun idea to take a hike up this mountain trail. On our way up the trail, we passed by a local school, a farm, and also a group of children on their way to school. It was amazing to get to interact with them and see how different their everyday life was from ours. As we approached the end of the trail we stopped and took pictures of the view. It was so cool! As we got a little further we realized we had stumbled upon someones home. The tour guide went up and knocked on the door and a monk came and answered. He allowed us into the complex for a tour and we were taught about being generous and the importance of selflessness. It was an amazing experience, and it would have never happened if we all didn’t decide to just live in the moment, and follow wherever the trail was going to take us.

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  18. Many of us live our lives following the lead of others. Whether it is going to college because our parents say so, or throwing out your sibling’s trash because they tell you to. Life is more than just about doing what you are told, or keeping an exact agenda of what you are going to do. The ability to live freely, make your own decisions, and to be able to “Live in the moment,” give yourself the satisfaction of accomplishing something, and the drive to further yourself. Sometimes opportunities arise that you would never see as being a possibility. Being able to take these opportunities and live by them allow me to grow as a person, much more than I ever would have if I were simply following in the shadow of a person before me. Without these opportunities, I would never be where I am today. I would not have met the people I have met. My life would be plain and dull. Being able to make decisions spontaneously has unveiled friendships and experiences that would never be possible if I had stuck to a regiment. Living in the same, dull world caused by a daily schedule did not allow me to be free, and to be myself. I believe in making decisions as they come to you, and being open minded towards and possibilities.

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  19. Life is all about living in the moment and taking every chance that you are given because you never know when something like it will come again. Life is about enjoying what you have and are given because opportunities could be here one minute and gone the next. The reality of it is just that you never know what is going to happen. That is why it is important to cherish every moment you have with the people you love. Get over the small problems quickly. Be happy and have fun. Life is a once shot deal. There are no second chances no do overs. You need to make this life that you live worth living. So be who you are. Step out of your comfort zone. Do courageous things. You won’t get anything done if you continue to think more than you take action. So live life to the fullest. Take every opportunity that comes your way. Focus on what it is that you want and go get it. Don’t get caught up on the past and who you used to be. Look ahead to your future and everything you want to be. Now take a chance and live your life in the moment because great things happen everyday and you don’t want to miss a second!

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  20. In the midst of priorities and chaos, I often found that I would stop and ask myself, “Is this all worth it?” It was ironic, to say the least, when chaos and priorities are supposed to be the things that push us harder in life. When my friend passed away from nothing other than living in the moment, it occurred to me that that phrase or notion was much broader than I had ever supposed. There I was, a high school student struggling to keep up with car payments and my “good student discount” I had so heavily been accustomed to. I worked a short eight hours a week; miserably, but willingly. Although they were short hours, I truly realized what type of difference it made being so miserable in the workplace, so much so that the good times hadn’t ever really crossed my mind. Even away from work where I had always felt so uncomfortable, I felt like a walking grocery list; too align and too stature. I questioned the value of knowledge and I even began to question the value of myself. After mentally falling apart and struggling to put myself back together, I had an epiphany. Living in the moment means much more to me than just taking in the good moments, it meant staying mindful to my emotions and actions. No matter what I would be unhappy with one thing or another in life but not if I continued to believe that there was a value to knowledge and a value to myself, so much so, that I am the moment in itself. i create this story, and I have the power to take advantage of it until my very last breath.

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  21. How many times have you seen something breathtaking whether it be the sunrise/sunset, the ocean waves, an beautiful landscape, or something as simple as a flower and the first thing you do is pull out your phone and take a picture? How many times have you seen something breathtaking and actually looked at it and actually appreciated it? I bet the amount of times you pulled out your phone to take a picture is a lot bigger than the amount of times you actually looked at it and appreciated it. A photo can never capture the amount of beauty that you’re eyes can, so enjoy it because this moment is only going to happen once. Yes, you might go to the same place, at the same time, the next day, but their will never be the same positions of the clouds, their will never be the exact colors in the exact position in the sky, and their will never be able to relive yesterday. Next time you see something breathtaking take the time to appreciate it, feel the wind blow through your hair, remember how you felt in that exact moment, and look at those around you and appreciate that you all are seeing this together. Those are the things that will capture that moment better than a picture ever will. Put the phone down, appreciate the world, appreciate what life has to offer, and live in the moment, always.

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  22. I believe that everyone should live in the moment all the time. This is difficult for people sometimes, but I think that it is the best way to make the most of your life. When you are old you will regret not making the most of your life when you were young. You might regret not hanging out with your friends as much as you should have, you might regret not joining clubs or playing sports, so why not try to live a life without regrets? Life is too short to take everything you do seriously. Why die not having lived your life to the fullest? A big factor of our daily lives is fear. We are afraid to talk to strangers and meet new people, afraid to take the first big step towards improving our lives, and afraid to face our fears. People need to face their fears more, even if it’s a simple thing like starting a conversation with a stranger. The worst thing that could happen are you have an awkward moment with a complete stranger. People are too afraid of failure, when it isn’t really a big deal. All you can do is try, and if you try to live your life to the fullest, you will start to notice a big change in your life from the start. It might just be going for a hike, or going for a bike ride. Everyone takes life too seriously, so relax a bit, and make the most of what little time we have on this world.

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  23. There’s nothing worse than watching someone stress out about something in the near or far future. Life is about having fun and enjoying everything your involved in. we don’t have enough time to worry and stress over the littlest of things. Don’t get me wrong being excited and having high hopes for the future is not a bad thing but when it comes to the point in which you constantly think about it and stress over it so much that you are constantly worried about this and that happening exactly how you want it to happen so that you can have a happy and successful life it’s never going to end. You will always have that mindset no matter what you are currently concerned about. I recommend “going with the flow” because basically that is how you live in the moment and just lets things happen. There is no need to rush things, whatever happens, happens and that’s how people should think and live in my personal opinion.

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  24. Living in the moment is something that is chosen. Some people choose to, and some people just don’t. I couldn’t tell you what makes someone pick one. I don’t think anybody could. More than often, the people that do live in the moment are more of thrill seekers, risk takers. They appreciate being surprised. The feelings that come about when you are in the moment are enjoyed. Feelings that you can’t create by choosing the other path. “The Moment” is almost its own separate world in a sense, you never know what’s going to happen. “Will I do this tonight, or will I do that… who knows.” That’s a common thought process. You don’t know what’s going to happen, and whatever does happen, you’re completely okay with it. It’s an entirely different mindset. People who don’t live in the moment tend to be more careful, cautious. They tend to think things through a little more carefully than others. The consequences cycle through the mind before an action is committed. This is the common nature among those who go down this route. Day to day caution keeps them happy, content with the fact that you made the best decisions you could make. These two different mindsets vary greatly from one another. Some people just choose to live in the moment, and some people just don’t. It’s very easy to differentiate the two if you just step back and observe carefully for a second. The world has a mixture of both. Maybe they balance each other out? Who knows.

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  25. When you are a child, life seems to be all fun and games. You had no worries in life and hanging out with friends was a daily activity. There was not a worry in the world, school was simple and friends came in an abundance. You all went to the same school and lived in the same neighborhoods. Parents were close friends and every Sunday was a big dinner with everyone. These are the traditions that makes being a kid great. As you grow older you reminisce on these old memories and traditions. Knowing that as you get older those old friends become distant, going away to college and meeting new people. All you are left with is memories of the past. It is too late to relive these memories as those Sunday dinners with everyone turn into dinner alone with your family. Living in the moment and experiencing everything you do to the fullest is important. When the event comes and goes you can only remember what happens, so why not make that memory a good one. Make it so you can tell yourself that you did everything possible to have the best time you could possibly have. When you get older you can carry on these memories and teach your children the right way to live in the moment. Carry on the tradition through your family and have your kids do the things you wish you had done in the past. Teach them to cut themselves away from everything, go out with friends and have the time of their life, because that time will soon be ending faster than they know.

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  26. Life is crazy. No matter how hard you plan, life can have a different idea and set you down an unexpected path. You never know when the last for anything is. Life continuously changes and most of the time, we don’t always know when the change will come. Working in a nursing home, I see this quite often. Although my residents are between the ages of sixty-two and one hundred two, their health and abilities ranges. They could be perfectly healthy and happy one day, and the next fall extremely ill and pass within a week’s time. One of my dearest residents was in her eighties, but she had excellent cognitive function and still could do very much for herself. She needed very minimal assist. When I left her on a Wednesday, I was completely expecting her to still be there when I returned Friday. Others, however, I wouldn’t have been surprised if they were gone. However, the next night, this resident took a stroke at dinner and died almost instantly. You never know when your time will come.

    Life is full of ambiguity and because of that, you must remember to cherish the moments you have now. Hug your dad a little tighter; tell your parents how much you love them, and learn to live in the now. Do the things you have always dreamed of and do not delay. Live in the moment. Don’t put off your hopes and dreams waiting for someday because someday may not come.

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  27. I believe living in the moment can be one of the most difficult things a teenager can do, at least for me. I’ve always looked forward be growing up, being able to do what I want, when I want, and for people to take me seriously. Being “independent” and “on my own” was the goal. I’ve spent so much time focusing on the future and what I wanted to do with my life that I hadn’t really considered just enjoying the present. It’s taken me quite some time to realize that the future approaches ever so slowly, while the present is constantly in a state of change. The summer leading to this academic year, I’ve really looked forward to coming to college, but decided to take every change I had to enjoy the time I had left with my friends, some of which I may not speak to for a while once classes start. As I begin this chapter—one that is constantly stated as being “the best four years of your life”—I will make it a point to savor the bonds I form, the moments I share, and even the mistake I make. Especially now, as I am entering this uncharted territory with almost all new faces and a new environment, it’s imperative that I take it all in, one step at a time. Sure, planning ahead is important for success, but living in the moment is the way one can truly get to experience the up and downs in life, and fully appreciate everything the world has to offer.

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  28. Living in the moment is something I never really thought about until recently. In high school I suffered multiple concussions which ended my soccer career. When I was sitting on the sidelines after my injury, I wished I cherished that moment of playing soccer more. Even though this experience was pretty devastating, it was also eye-opening. I learned that I should cherish the moment instead of worrying about the future. I learned that sometimes you need to take a minute to truly enjoy the things you love, instead of worrying about whats next. The things that make you the most happy in life aren’t guaranteed. These things can be taken away from you out of no where. We’re in some of the best years of our life, we should enjoy what we have now because one day we’re going to miss it. I think the best way to live life is to soak up the happiness while you have it, because life is unpredictable and anything can happen.

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