65 thoughts on “Living in the Moment

  1. To me, living in the moment is a life changing outlook to have, and I try to live this way as much as possible. In middle school and early high school, I was a quiet kid and often didn’t talk much.This was often because I would always overthink what I was about to say, or get anxiety on what others may think of what I say or what I do. In the summer of 2018, the experience that allowed me to metaphorically jump into the deep end of living in the moment was sadly the depressing couple of weeks following the passing of my families dog, Kc. Looking back on the 8 and a half years Kc was in my life, I was able to focus on how she was always so incredibly happy to be doing almost anything with any member of my family. Whether it was going for a walk with her or her just laying down in the room with us when we were watching TV, she always wanted to be with us, and was always happy. After a while, I was able to grasp that time wasn’t going to slow down for what had happened, and it definitely wasn’t going to stop. I realized then that with the amount of time we have in our lives, it can’t be spent on worry or stress; that it didn’t matter what other people thought about me or wanted me to do, as long as I was happy with how I was living my life. There are still days or weeks where I have trouble with this, and I’ll still overthink things or stress about unnecessary stuff, but I believe that living in the moment is important and is one of the most stress free and gratifying ways to live each day in the now.

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    • Sometimes you got to live in the moment. Not the future nor the past. When you live in the moment, you learn more about yourself and you learn more about your surroundings. You never know when someone you care for or even yourself is gonna have life taken away from you or others. You live in the moment and you can try to love yourself. Make friends and be happy. Stress and all other problems are something we will have to deal with. If you don’t stay in that moment, in the present, you won’t get anywhere you want to be in life. I always was stuck in the past and thought way too far into the future. I was scared and it got me nowhere. I made stupid mistakes and was stuck right there. Now knowing how to push past problems properly, I am less stressed. Less anxious. Not always looking over my shoulder or thinking way too much. I used to write poems about the way I felt. Living in the moment can help you heal over time. It can help do what you want to do and be who you want to become. Live in the moment. Do things that will help you stay in the moment. Vent, sing and dance. All the passions you have within yourself, let them be free. Do you. I’m sorry but I am not the best at writing so this was the best I could do.

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      • I really liked reading your essay. I feel that their are so many people who constantly stress and worry too much, to the point where people stress over things they should enjoy. Being able to live in the moment and not constantly worry about work or school isn’t easy in the slightest, but once you find a way to live in the moment, it’s for the best.

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    • I really liked reading your post. I also used to overthink what I said, leading to me never saying much. I too had to “jump into the deep end” and doing so was probably the best decision I’ve ever made.

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    • I had a similar experience. I used to only speak if I thought about what I was going to say in advance.I’m so glad I got past that and stopped worrying so much about what people would think of me.

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  2. Nothing will ever be completely quiet. Even just sitting in the dark all alone one can hear the hum of the air conditioning in the summer or the heaters in the winter. The cicadas sing their song outside and the small chirps of birds and critters surround us. When people think about living in the moment they think about doing something exciting and riveting, but no one ever considers just sitting down and taking in the little everyday things. Not a lot of people can look at a leaf and wonder how and why it lays so quietly on the grass. How that simple leaf is a part of something so much larger and beautiful. No one thinks to just sit down and take a deep breath wherever they are, taking in the scents that most ignore. So few can see the smiling faces of their friends and family and reflect on how beautiful life is. How beautiful it is to be alive and to be with the ones that they love the most. How beautiful it is to smile and just feel free. How beautiful it is to see the world in all its glory. The world moves too fast and sometimes we forget to just take everything in. We move along with the flow of everything, but we miss the small little details that make that moment so special. It is hard to express in words how grateful we should be to be able to live in moments like this. We should be able to recognize that if we slow down for just a few seconds then, and only then, can we live in that moment. No matter how insignificant that moment may seem to others, it can mean everything to you.

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    • I really agree with this sentiment and think you captured the ideas around the value of mundane tasks nicely. The mundane is so often ignored because of what seems like a constant drive to stand out which seems to stem from what social creatures we are. Our thoughts thinking of what could possibly make more people want to talk to us yet at the same time we forget how nice the silence can be. Or even we forget how comforting a train station chatter can be until we enter a train and everyone face is buried in a phone.

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  3. The earth is going to keep turning. I tell myself that things are going to slow down soon, they don’t. We keep waiting for the right opportunity to do something when really, now is the time. While it is important to plan ahead, it is also important to enjoy the now. I believe that everyone should have a hobby or an activity they enjoy. I would find myself working excessively with school work for a day that may not come and at the same time, leaving no time to relax or enjoy a beautiful day. The thing is, you can keep working and perfecting, but the sun is going to go down and the day in front of you will pass without you leaving some time to enjoy it. There should be something to look forward to in your life every single day, whether it’s as simple as taking a fifteen minute walk in your neighborhood or as special as treating yourself to a spay day. I have always been an artistic person and I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. Through my life, I have continued to channel my creativity by creating little projects for myself, and it has benefited me in many ways. Doing art is very therapeutic and helps me cope with stress. I believe that drawing, painting or doing some type of artistic project are all such positive activities. I have continued to keep doing art through my life because it is something that is important to me and it is something that makes my day enjoyable.

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    • I totally agree with this. I’ve always had a hard time with staying in the moment, and I’m constantly worrying about things that will happen in the future, or all the things that I need to get done. I need to work on being able to stay in the present and learn to actually enjoy what I’m doing in the moment at hand. This was well put!

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  4. Parts of my life that could have been thoroughly enjoyed have been ruined by my inability to go with the flow. To be at peace with my mind has been so hard. I wish I was able to get over my anger, sadness, stress, etc. faster like other people can. Having these powerful yet negative emotions dominate the more positive ones, stopped me from enjoying what is in front of me and made me a person people are scared of me or made them not want to be around me because I would shut down when I felt these intoxicating emotions. I believe everyone should take a moment to work on themselves and find peace in their mind and spirit. I am tired of my bad days lasting longer than my good days. I believe everyone should cherish every moment whether it be a good day or a bad day. There is always tomorrow and wishing days away will not help anyone realize the better things in life. One cannot dwell on the past. Moving on and being able to say you are alright at the end of the day can change views on life. The future is not guaranteed. I do not want my youthful days to be full of regret and sadness because I could not appreciate or come back from whatever life threw at me. Life has thrown me some curveballs but I am learning to cope. This is just the beginning and I am going to learn to live life to the fullest.

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    • I couldn’t relate to this more. Their have been so many times that I have experienced something amazing, but it is ruined by my own stress and anxiety.

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  5. I believe that finding a way to live in the moment is not easy to do. Our mind is constantly clouded with negative thoughts, opinions, sadness, anxiety. Even when you are experiencing a moment to never forget, deep down, you still have negative thoughts, your mind is focused on issues that don’t pertain to what you are experiencing then, but it still haunts you.

    The only way to combat these feelings and thoughts is to stop and focus on the positive thoughts and feelings, which to many is extremely hard to do. For example, if you’re outside taking a hike through a trail, stop, relax, and take in the beautiful sights and surroundings Earth has provided to us. Look around you and think about each thing surrounding you that makes you happy. This could be something as large as the amazing view at the peak of the hill you just climbed, staring at what seems to be an endless forest with millions of creatures going about their life. Or, it could be as small as a blue jay, soaring from one tree to the other. Stop and appreciate the beauty in front of you, forget about all the other issues you face, and concentrate on your surroundings now.

    Personally, my favorite place to go to “live in the moment”, and be myself, is the Blue Hills hiking area in Milton. I constantly hike on the rigorous skyline trail, that offers countless jaw-dropping views that are some of the best in the South Shore region. Most of the time, I go alone, to truly step out of society for a while, and just reflect on my surroundings. When you finally reach Eliot Tower, and lookout onto the great skyline of Boston, it is truly a stunning experience, each and every time.

    My “living in the moment” experience might be different from yours, so go out and find a place where you can stop, and just enjoy life. It will truly change your thoughts and perceptions on life.

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  6. What the statement “Living in the Moment” means to me is to live each day with the hope that it leaves an imprint of a memory in your brain. If you make each day memorable, then it will be. I used to live a life where I would find myself forgetting to cherish the little things about my day, and instead focusing on the worst. Since I was in a constant habit of thinking about the worst parts of the day and how tomorrow would be even worse, I never truly got the relief of knowing what it was to have a “good day” so you could say. With this being the case, all of the memories that were left behind were bad memories that I couldn’t cherish. Through time, and growing up, I truly learned what it meant to appreciate the little things in life, and living in the moment rather than being worried about the next day. With having this constant fear of tomorrow, I also couldn’t cherish the happy moments I was having in each day. If you can take each day as an individual day rather than clumping it together into one big snowball of a week and even a month, each day will become something positive. If you take each day as its own day, you will find the good aspects of each day to move forward with and cherish as a memory. Although living in the moment to me doesn’t sound like the stereotypical “adventurer”, each small moment in every day that you can cherish is an adventure within itself.

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    • I think this response is well written. I completely agree with you on how sometimes we forget to cherish the little things until it is too late. Also the fact that you said that each and every little thing can be an adventure makes me feel like other people can also feel the importance in what little things life has to offer. Taking things day by day is so important, but most people just choose to fast forward and ignore everything else.

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  7. I like to think that I’m a patient person but if Mickey Mouse does not show up in less than 5 minutes I am going to lose it. The heat is blistering hot, I expected nothing less at Disney World but 100 degrees has never felt hotter. After the parade, my friends and I make our way to the rollercoaster. I refuse, “I hate roller coasters” I say adamantly and after much protest they leave me behind. Now I sit alone before the ‘Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster’, all the spots in the shade are taken so I stand in the sunlight listening to the screams from the ride. I wish I was brave enough to do it but I couldn’t. That’s me. The person who doesn’t take risks, she likes one thing from a restaurant and never orders anything else again. Roller coasters are not part of my aesthetic but I look up at this one with a twinge of regret and jealousy. Who was I to stop myself from enjoying my time here?
    Space Mountain. My white whale. Years ago when my parents and I had come to Disney World my dad had convinced me that Space Mountain was a calm ride that brought one through the universe. Space Mountain is not calm. I screamed the whole time with genuine fear. I stand in line, both encouraging and discouraging myself. I screamed the whole time. Then I felt like I was walking on air. “It’s the first time she’s having fun” one of my friends says and I glare at him. I ride more roller coasters than I have in my entire life.
    I believe in trying new things (and old things). To step out of your comfort zone, and to live.

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    • I completely agree with what you said! I think trying new things is definitely a way for you to push past certain fears that you may have, and it only makes you stronger in the end. I also really liked your story about Disney and how you used it to express how you, yourself, lived in the moment by trying new things.

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    • I am glad you enjoyed the roller coasters. I think you used a very light-hearted topic to describe a deeper issue. I am also someone who chooses to stay within their comfort zone a lot, I resonate with what you said. I hope to find something to push me out of my comfort zone as you were able to that day.

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  8. Living in the moment is such an important part of life. I think that every person tries to plan things in some way. Whether you are going on vacation or going back to school, planning is a key aspect when looking at the big picture. Once in a while, I think that it is important to look at where you are, and who you’re with and enjoy the thing that you are doing in that second. For instance, I recently went on vacation to California with a few of my close friends. We planned the majority of our trip and figured out what we were going to do and when we were going to do it. When looking at the big picture of things, it was important to set things up so that we had things to do once we got to California. However, there was a point in our trip where we were walking down the street and saw these electric scooters that we had never seen around Boston. We all thought they looked somewhat interesting and paid to have them for an hour. While riding them up and down the side street, I realized that although we were having a fun time doing all the things we planned to do, we had never planned to find something out of the blue as we had. Realizing who you are surrounded by, where you are in life, and embracing what you are doing, shows you how amazing living in the moment can truly be.

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  9. I’ve started to try to live more in the moment more as time goes on. To me, living in the moment means being aware of the situation at hand to the best of my ability. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of overthink is “to put too much time into thinking about or analyzing (something) in a way that is more harmful than helpful.” I think all of us are guilty of overthinking, and as I’ve gotten older overthinking has become a big part of my life. I tend to try to find the meaning in everything going on around me, even when not necessary. I am fortunate enough to summer on Martha’s Vineyard, a place I am so passionate about with people I love. As each day passed, nerves of leaving the island and beginning college started to get to me. Each month passed in what felt like an hours time. First May, June, July and now it’s August and I only have a few weeks left here. Last week a friend and I drove up the island to watch the sunset. Sitting in the sand lying next to each other I uttered the words “I can’t believe it’s almost over.” He then looked at me and told me to stop worrying about the future, to stop thinking about the past and to focus on the present. Since that day I have tried to take everything one day at a time instead of focusing on the little time we have left together and instead enjoy every second left.

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    • I totally agree about how the months passed like hours. With only a handful of days left until school starts I’m definitely appreciating each moment as it comes.

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  10. Everyone is guilty of getting caught up in the moment at some point in their lives whether they want to admit it or not. Ever since middle school when I was a little kid I had a bad habit of worrying about events I had no control over. My 6th-grade science teacher used to tell me “don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future just live in the present”. It sounds easier said than done, I thought to myself but as I started to get older I realized that taking the precious time I have by hanging out with family and friends would only validate my science teacher’s statement. Near the end of July, I took a six-day trip to San Francisco with my brother and two sisters to visit my other sister and her new fiance. Everywhere you walked was like walking into a new dream. The streets were packed, the views of the sky and murals were rich and vibrant, and every building you passed seemed like there was some cool historical background into it. One night we went to a Korean restaurant which was exquisite but the one moment I will always remember is my sister and her fiance thanking every one of us for visiting them and just embracing the moment we have with one another. When my sister saw me tear up she almost stated word for word what my 6th-grade science teacher told me “don’t worry about what may or may not happen in the future just focus on the present”.

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  11. I have so many ideals that I live by, so it was hard to pick just one, but I have managed to settle on this. “Every little bit counts”. I’ve said it since I could remember, so it’s hard to say where I learned it from. There are many points in my life where the idea has been reinforced though. Every little bit of everything counts, meaning any action you make at any time does something for the future, and you should live to make every moment count. This has helped me with things like keeping my room clean, but it has also helped me be overall who I want to be. It takes two seconds at a time to keep most things, metaphorical and physical, clean rather than 2 hours at a time cleaning it later. The ideology has also helped me through some rough times. I’ve had both the scabies and lyme disease simultaneously for a month and a half leading to 0-2 hours of sleep a night. I burnt my entire body with the shower in the middle of the night to ease the irritation. Instead of getting cranky I took one day at a time. I avoided being cranky because every sour moment counted. My character was tested and my kind heart strengthened. I’ve also found myself in a situation where I needed to carry my friend a mile out of the woods with help from only one other person. He would’ve died if we hadn’t carried him. His dead weight was a lot, but for me, every step and every word I said to his whining unconscious body, I’m sure, helped keep him alive. He was hospitalized for weeks with a severe concussion that made him delusional and prone to hallucinations. My ideology keeps me from repeating my worst experience as well, and allows me to help friends. My abusive ex girlfriend may still affect me and I’m getting better over time, but I’ve learned. Every small red flag counts now. I notice fast if something’s wrong. The ideology has also helped me stay mentally and physically healthy to my best ability, and do the right things for myself and others. ~PS: I’m sorry for the length.

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    • Very well said, Ben. This reminds me of something I read on r/showerthoughts a while back: “people in time travel movies worry about going to the past and drastically changing the future they came from, but people in real life don’t often act like their actions in the present will drastically change our future.” Yes, every bit matters. When I was 15 (you know this bit, I’m recounting for our new classmates) I had one hell of a manic episode and I ended up hurting someone. It took years for me to recover mentally and emotionally, as well as working my way out of the hole that dug me into. But I took it day by day, and eventually, I’ve made it here. I got to make a whole lot of new friends on the way, too, including you.

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  12. Going out with my friends on a Thursday for a night of fun when I should be studying for a test. What could go wrong? The cool wind blowing in my hair as we fly down the highway doing whatever teens classify as fun. The following Monday I get my score back and to my dismay, my paper has a fat ‘F’ on the front. I should’ve seen it coming because I have always believed in living in the moment. It is one of the keys in life to staying happy and young. However, with any fun, there needs to be moderation because too much of living in the moment can have horrendous consequences. I have done it numerous times and with college quickly approaching I’m trying to swiftly end this habit of mine. I’ve heard plenty of horror stories of friends and acquaintances of mine being kicked out of college and they all have one thing in common, they all got caught up Living in the Moment. They constantly procrastinated to live up the “college experience” just in time a day before their finals and they end up failing. I’m not saying that living in the moment is necessarily bad, not at all, but too much of anything can lead to disaster, especially if you have deadlines to fulfill. I agree with the term “Don’t dwell on the past or future but on the present.” But only on the past, because the past has already occurred, and the future and deadlines that it brings has yet to. Pissed off about that test that you bombed the week before? Don’t get discouraged, improve and try to understand the material and get results the next test because if you can’t get your mind off a certain event that occurred in the past, it can bring mental illness like anxiety or depression. So just remember, living in the moment can be a liberating feeling filled with joy but it can also serve as a valuable lesson for procrastination.

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  13. As I continue to grow as a person every day, one of the most significant things I have learned is the importance of living in the moment. In today’s society it is so easy to become distracted and not be present in what is happening around you. With technological advances you see people now, more than ever, focused on a screen more than the people they surround themselves with. Technology and social media has become a part of our lifestyle, but I think we’ve abused what it was created for; to create connections with people. Living in the moment isn’t always about doing exciting and adventurous things, it can simply be enjoying time with family or being present with yourself. Living in the moment to me is not wasting a day waiting for a better one to come. Every day there is always something to be grateful for whether it’s doing something exciting or enjoying some time by yourself. Even if the day was not the best, you can always learn from it and make the next day better. When you start living with no regrets, you realize that you’re actually living for the first time. Tomorrow is never promised so I try to live every day unapologetically and always make time to enjoy the little things. This is a statement I will always live by because I’ve experienced my fair share of difficulties. My cousin passed away a few years ago and now all I have are the memories, ones I will cherish for the rest of my life. There is not enough time in life to be constantly worried about what is going to happen next. In the end, all of the stress we encountered throughout our lives won’t matter. It will be the memories we created with loved ones and how we experienced the world around us. Life will never be perfect, but I believe there is still beauty in the struggle, which is why I truly look forward to living every day in the moment.

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    • I agree with you completely. Living in a generation with so much access to technology, its easy to get caught up in it and miss out on all the beauties of life. All the little things that make life so beautiful are constantly looked past because we are too focused on what the newest twitter trend is. It is important to appreciate life because like you said tomorrow is never promised and you don’t ever want to look back and regret appreciating the people and things you had infront of you and all the opportunities that were passed to take advantage of the moment.

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  14. Living in the moment has taught me an important lesson: “You cannot make friends if you don’t speak to people.” Sadly, I learned this in my sophomore year of high school when I had no one to sit with during lunch and no one resembling a friend. Knowing that I had to change, I began to socialize. This surprised many people, especially my teachers because most of them had never heard my voice. I began to socialize in one class in particular called Creative Sketchbook. In this class, we sat in groups of four, which frankly didn’t really bother me that much because most of my group were as antisocial as I was. However, once I began to step out of my comfort zone, I met one of the most unusual and crazy people who became one of my best friends. As bizarre as she was, Sophia proved to be a catalyst for the new talkative side of me.After being friends with her for about a year, Sophia introduced me to her best friend, Hannah. Hannah went to the same school as me, but I had never met her in real life. Deciding to try something new, I messaged her, “Hello Stranger.” This was just the start. For that whole school year, we commented “Hello Stranger” on all of Sophia’s social media posts. It became a competition of who could type “hello stranger” faster. Eventually, we ended it so we wouldn’t annoy Sophia anymore. Before I met Hannah in person, Sophia decided to host a pool party and invited both of us. I knew I was not good at socializing, so I was afraid of messing up. My fear continued to build up until that day. However, once I found out that, me and Hannah had very similar personalities all my anxieties almost dissipated.The following year, they both invited me to junior prom. As a senior, I felt a bit wary because they also invited people I had never met. Again, I stayed up for days stressing over it until I decided that it was time to take action. I asked Hannah to meet these people. Since Hannah and I had the same lunch block as Matt, Hannah’s prom date, and Tanner, Hannah’s and Matt’s friend, I ate with them one day. To my surprise, I found them both cool and chill people. The other member of our prom group was named Kyra, but unfortunately, I did not have an opportunity to meet her before prom night. In my opinion, I found her extremely interesting and caring after only meeting her only once in my life. I ended up having the best time of my life at prom. It was all made possible by Sophia, who introduced me to Hannah, and Hannah, who introduced me to Matt, Tanner, and Kyra. The moral of the story is that without stepping out of your comfort zone, you cannot succeed as a person.

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  15. As time kept ticking forward, I stayed behind planning out every single step. Back when I was in late middle school and early high school, I could never actually enjoy the moments that were going on around me at the time. I’d always try to plan out all my actions in order not to mess anything up. This ended up turning me into the quiet kid in the corner who everyone thought was too sketchy to interact with. My efforts of trying to plan out the future blinded me from everything else around me. It took until the middle of high school to realize where I’d gone wrong, leaving me with two options: continue living trying to plan out every little detail or start trying to live in the present. Finally, I had chosen to try to be in the present and stopped focusing as much on what the distant future could hold if I had done things differently. I started to become more social with others and my anxiety that I had gained from trying not to mess up my future started to fade. Over time, I became happier than I had been in years. Instead of planning every little detail for the distant future, I was able to start living normally again. Years after I came to that choice, I realized how many moments that I’d missed due to my excessive, meticulous planning. I finally could enjoy what was going on around me. I could finally live freely.

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  16. May 26th, 2019. A sea of people, most who do not even know each other, singing and screaming to their favorite songs all while having the “best time ever” according to their various social media posts. The concept of people merging together on a big, green lawn in Boston to celebrate what brings most people in our generation together, music, is a beautiful thing, yet, there was one thing that caught my eye. It almost looked like a beautiful starry sky, but instead of stars, they were cell phones. Almost every individual had their cell phone in hand the majority of the time, either filming or taking pictures. Some don’t even realize they are doing it because at this point it is natural for us to HAVE to capture every social moment that we are involved in. We are viewing the present moment through our cell phone lens and are focusing too much on the future moment. That moment when you look back on your camera roll and share that past moment with others. Personally, I believe that it is awesome to have pictures to look back on, but sometimes it gets taken too far. For instance, it is difficult to live in the moment when one is busy worrying about what filter to put on a picture so it gets the most likes. Don’t get me wrong, I am very much guilty of this myself, but it seems crazy that so many people are unaware of how much we do it. We go to a concert, take a picture. Going to lunch, take a picture. Going to a workout class, take a picture.
    This topic has been on my mind for quite a long time and as I am writing it down, I realize that constantly taking photos may be a good thing to have in the future, but it is unhealthy to live my life through my phone lens. Growing up, I have now learned when to capture a moment and when to take in a moment. This task is a difficult one being raised in the age of technology, but I always keep in mind that it is better to live in the present and enjoy the moment.

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    • I fully agree with your outlook here. Many times in a day, the urge to document and capture passing moments outweighs simply living in reality. A photograph or a video can only capture so much of the present moment, but not fully replicating the sensations of the environment. Everyone enjoys a picture, but once that picture becomes the reason to do certain things or go to different places, that is where I struggle to balance. Right now is what is real, and there is no point in constantly engulfing oneself in technology when the present matters and is demanding to be realized.

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  17. This summer I’ve learned that too much of anything is never good.
    Shocking I know. Though this is incredibly obvious I’m just realizing how much I’m connected to my phone. Even just writing this brief essay I’ve tabbed in and out of Twitter approximately 8 times only to see two new tweets that barely got a smile out of me. Yesterday on one of my two days off of my soul-sucking job I spent four hours just clicking around essentially doing nothing. Even though I had a tiny voice in the back of my brain screaming at the top of its lungs to get up and draw or at least do literally anything else I just sat there scrolling and refreshing way too many times. Luckily I only suffer from a mild Twitter addiction and don’t feel the need to spend endless hours on every other social media app just to get an ounce of dopamine. Unluckily I need something to occupy my slowly deteriorating brain so I turn to Hulu. After binge-watching multiple shows this summer such as Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Community, and Broad City (All phenomenal shows by the way) I’ve come to the very luke-warm take that excessive TV isn’t good for your brain either. Watching the lives of other people through a screen for hundreds of hours lead to the realization that “Holy crap I exist too and am in control of my body and I’m currently living my life right now in this exact moment.” I promise I’m not on drugs, though I was up one night staring at my hands turning them over while internally screaming. I’ve been having these flashes of extreme self-awareness very frequently so I’m going to place the blame directly on television. Does that mean I’m gonna dial it back on either of my addictions? Nah probably not. I do believe that both of these things are bad for you but I also believe life is a terrifying flaming ball of randomness so I’m going to cope by entertaining myself. Even if it probably isn’t the smart thing to do.

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  18. In the basement playing Smash Brothers on Nintendo with two of my close friends. The score neck and neck and me being close behind. It felt like we were really in the game. The screen was one of the older ones that fizzled after you turned off. The screen was so hot so we stayed back about five feet to make sure our eyebrows would not burn off. Our smiles stretched the entirety of our faces. This was one the best times I’ve had in my life. All the stress and worry melted away and did not have any reach on me. These moments in life I take for granted. I wish I could recapture these moments and keep them forever. These moments are just as important as say going to college, or finding a job, or achieving what one sees as greatness. Even if it only lasts a few seconds; being able to slow down and really take a glance at what is around could mean everything. Even though in actuality it may have only been twenty minutes with my friends. It meant everything; video games provided an escape in life for me and my close friends. In conclusion I stick to the cliché of life is what you make of it. Special moments in life come in all shapes in sizes, no matter how small or large. These precious times with loved ones or close friends should not be taken for granted but rather cherished. In the long run these is no way to tell when these precious moments can come into full swing and shape the people we are today.

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  19. For me, living in the moment is realizing what you are doing is what you wanna do. I know it probably doesn’t make sense, but to me, that’s what it is. I’m a concert photographer and every time I shoot a show, I feel like nothing else matters to me. I always want to put out my best work possible. When I shoot a show, local or big, I’m always getting a rush. However, I’m also worried about what my work looks like. I know, I’ve been doing this for a few years, but every year I get the same feeling that my style could be better. I always end up deleting some of my best photos. It’s always so hard to find the best shots and editing style.
    I think when I first started realizing that I needed to focus more on what I love other than comparing myself to other photographers, was when I actually started working full time for an outlet. They loved my work, at any style. That’s when I started applying for more shows, and bigger shows. I was often the youngest one shooting. I found a group of photographer friends that would somehow find themselves at the same show as me. Talking and learning with my friends, even observing, helped me so much. I figured out that living in the moment wasn’t comparing myself to other artists or being upset I didn’t get into a show, it was doing what I loved. Photographing shows is my passion and I love it.

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  20. Throughout the hour of me writing this, I remembered the things that only really were fun to me, sure I still remember things like how the mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell and other things like that. But those things are just that facts, and there aren’t any stories to help remember those times. But times with my buddies I can for sure remember and those times with them are the greatest moments that I had in and out of high school for one of the years, toward the end of my junior years we had our class trip to Six Flags. For this being my first time here I had a great time here, and right at the beginning the friends I was with, they wanted to come so right get this, they spend the first 2-3 hours just walking around not doing anything. When I ask them about going on this ride or that ride one would say that it might get sick, along with other excuses. around lunchtime in the trip, I told them that I was going to go with another group of friends. when the trip was over I decided to ask one of them about how many rides they went on after I left, their response annoyed me a lot. he responded that they went on one/two rides and it was a waste of money to go. And then I learned one of the most important lessons if you’re going to get yourself at the moment you might as well live in it for both the memory and for the enjoyment.

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  21. There is an everlasting buzz of thoughts and responsibilities flying around in my mind all day, proving it hard to focus. Being mindful is a way to contain my lid-less jar type of mind. Mindfulness is a struggle most deal with, yet all efforts cannot provide the consistency I and many others seek for. Statements like “living in the moment” can be described simply as what is happening in the present. The lack of complexity in the said statement gives off the impression that it is easy, but it is the furthest thing from it. My issue is overthinking. What would happen if things went like this, or I regret doing that, why did I do that? Questions like these are pulling me away from reality and pushing me into a frenzy of the past. A rather destructive cycle like this lead me to seek some answers, and after a rather short google search, I ended up in the world of meditation. I started to focus on breathing, posture, the way I reacted to situations, really breaking down what my subconscious would present to the world. When I would be getting hit with a hundred questions in my mind about things that I cannot control, I take a moment and anchor myself in reality. A reality where I won’t let an opportunity sail by while I’m not aware enough to recognize it. With a similar feeling to that of spring cleaning, mindfulness brings a fresh look into an otherwise dusty situation.

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  22. I believe that if life is truly worth living you must live every day like it is your last, doing the things you love and surrounding yourself with the people who genuinely make you happy. Rapper J. Cole stated in “Love Yourz” that there’s “No such thing as a life that’s better than yours”. His words lead me to believe that there is more to life than success, accomplishments, and money and that these things may not bring “true” happiness. Now, don’t get me wrong we should all strive to be successful, but I am a strong believer of living life the way you want and if you live to please others then it’s a waste. If having tacos as your midnight snack every night makes you happy… then do it. If bungee jumping is what makes your heart actually beat on the weekends… then do that. I have learned that my girlfriend and the things that we do together make me the happiest girl on the planet, so if loving who you want to love makes you feel complete or that you are living your life in the moment then go do that and do not let anyone stop you. I repeat, do not let anyone stop you! Life is way too short to constantly worry about things out of your control such as your future and whether you are going to be successful or not because you have to make THIS life count since there’s “No such thing as a life that’s better than yours”.

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  23. To me, living in the moment is focusing on the present and making each and every moment count. Do not take time for granted because you can never get it back. This summer, I traveled to 4 different countries (Norway, Sweden, Italy, and Greece). I had the absolute time of my life because I focused on the present, not when I was leaving, or how I wouldn’t be able to visit again for a long time. The reason I went to Norway was because two and a half years ago I met a friend on a cruise. We kept in close contact for over a year, which was amazing. Last summer he flew from Norway to visit me for the summer, and believe it or not, but this summer I traveled all the way to Norway by myself, so I could visit him! I had an absolute blast there. We did many things that were out of my comfort zone, but it helped me grow as a person. We went fishing, hiking, and we even scaled a mountain that was over a mile tall! Norway is such a beautiful country, and although I only spent 3 weeks there, I wish I could have stayed the entire summer. Experiences like this are unforgettable. These are the times where you have to live in the moment because you need to enjoy each and every minute of the experience. These experiences have taught me well to live in the moment and never take it for granted.

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  24. To me living in the moment is having a good time with some friends and wanting to relive the day because everything was perfect. I went to six flags with some friends last summer and I hadn’t been there in years so the last time I went I was too short to go on most rides. I was a bit hesitant to go on the roller coasters because I hadn’t really been on any big ones in the past. I had always heard about how fun the superman ride was and always wanted to go on it and when I did I had a blast, it was quite a thrill too because of how high up it was. A fun ride we went on was on a raft going down a river, we hoped to not get soaked but it was also very hot out so it would not have been to bad to get a little wet. We also went on the riddler ride which was cool but made me a little dizzy afterwards since it kept going upside down and looping. One of my favorite rides was also the one we went on last, it was the batman ride, it was a very fast ride and was over quickly but the speed was what was so fun about it. What made the trip so in the moment for me was that it was just my friends and I having fun and not caring about anything else, the main objective was to have fun and have no worries.

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  25. The world we live in today is so fast-paced. Go to a city to experience it for yourself. Technology has nearly taken over the society that we are in and nobody has thought to stop that. You see people stopping in the streets to take photos with their smartphones; they believe they are living in the moment. The sad truth is, nobody truly allows themselves to live in the moment.

    It does not mean you have to do crazy, spontaneous, spur of the moment things. Living in the moment is so simple, yet we don’t do it anymore. It is so difficult in today’s world to just ‘be’. It is so important to just take a minute, an hour even if you’re able, and to take in nature and the world we are living in. It truly is so beautiful, but yet nobody has the time to take it all in. Many are filled with anxiety, their minds clouded by all of the things they have to do. As humans, we have responsibilities, but why aren’t we making living our top priority? It is okay to feel overwhelmed, but we have to learn to take a second to ourselves every once in a while.

    Living in the moment is different for all of us, we all are going through different things. I believe though, that no matter what it is you have to do, or you have already done, you deserve to take some time and live in the moment. Give yourself some credit for the things you have done and will continue to do. Do not let all of the things going on in your life take you away from life itself. We are meant to be here, to take it all in, and to live in the moment.

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  26. My life changed the day I decided to be spontaneous. I grew up as the girl with a neon sign labeled “Quiet” hanging above my head. I stuck to the same friends, never quite growing out of my shell. I had constant anxiety and depression about my weight. As I entered high school, I dreaded the idea of the same monotonous lifestyle of avoiding glances in the hallway and stumbling through small talk.

    High school was a different place, a new opportunity to become something different. As most shy kids do when they have stage fright and seek to cure it, I joined theater on a whim. Walking into auditions that first time after only hearing about it three hours beforehand was the day my mentality towards life changed. It took some encouragement from my friend, but being spontaneous wasn’t as difficult and nerve-wracking as I thought it would be. I realized I had spent so much time stressing about all the bad possibilities, that I forgot to think about the good ones.

    I landed the lead role for my first production: a comedy. I played a stubborn, independent, and funny girl named Hilda, who was the embodiment of the person I always wanted to be. That production started a chain of spontaneous events led by a drop of newfound confidence: making a whole new friend group, getting a summer job, taking my first two trips overseas, and learning to appreciate everything about myself. Living in the moment helped me see the beauty and opportunity in everything. All it takes is a little dash of confidence, spontaneity, and contentment.

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  27. The last volleyball game of my high school career was one that I will never forget. I remember standing at the end line, waiting to serve the game point. The thoughts and feelings that were racing through my mind, I cannot come to explain. The environment around me was so contagious and I couldn’t help but take a moment to appreciate all that was happening around me. My family in the stands, my 20 team mates and my coaches standing by my side, believing in me and cheering me on the whole time. Putting our best foot forward, we came home with a glorious victory and many tears of joy. To me this is what “Living in the Moment” looks like. You forget all your worries and struggles and make the most of what your are experiencing. We only have one life and rather than wasting our time on things that won’t affect us, we should make the most of what is given and appreciate all that we have. The love I have for that team, and the devoutness each and everyone one of us put into that game, motivates me to live my life in the moment and to appreciate these moments while they last because memories like these are rare and we have to treasure them as they come.

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  28. Escaping the tunnel that life puts our mind into is hard to do. For me, I found that escape in between the frosted trees and over the packed snow of mountain trails. Whether it be Snowboarding at breakneck speeds to the terrain park or an easy morning first cruise to appreciate the crisp untouched beauty of nature. For me living in the moment is easy when you’re on a board. You have to live in the moment in order to snowboard it consists of constantly changing conditions, people, the weather and most importantly the snow under the board. For me living in the moment is the only option, because one day there will be no more moments. Days of being able to snowboard will end, The nights will become shorter as mornings come earlier and that’s okay. But in the end there will always money around, a job opening available and time to sleep but there are no more moments. So while we are young spry and full of life we have to capitalize on being able to live in the moment. That way we have stories to tell our children and memories to share with the people we hold close in life. Because at the end of the day money just fills the bank, and working constantly fills up time but living in the moment creating memories fills our hearts.

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  29. Time is always moving, it’s never-ending where moments come and go. It’s hard sometimes to focus on the present when life seems to go by so quickly. Often times, we focus on the future and what could be coming at us when in reality, we should be focusing on the present and what is right in front of us. We stress and worry about the future but we can’t control that unless we focus on controlling and paying attention to the present. We miss so many of the seemingly small moments because we look right past them. Some of these moments may seem insignificant but they could end up being some of the most important, most meaningful moments of our lives.

    A big factor in this issue is everyone is so concerned with taking pictures, posting to social media and updating statuses, that they don’t even get to enjoy the moment. People are so worried about what other people think, they need validation from posting their lives for others to see, like, and comment on. They thrive to show off their life on all platforms at the expense of their own joy of experiencing those moments.

    Capturing life experiences through pictures and videos is obviously important to some, as it is a way of saving these memories forever. But in our generation, it seems as if we are only doing it for the attention and validation from others. People need to realize that they will never get those moments back, and sometimes being able to remember those moments from your experience is better than looking back at some photos, realizing you never truly paid attention during that time.

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  30. Throughout the past year or so, I’ve been looking into different philosophies. This stemmed from a general curiosity of our universe which, in part, is why I chose to major in physics. I asked for meaning and turned up empty, so I figured perhaps the secret underlying premise of the universe was to be found in the works of philosophers. I stumbled upon the existentialists – Sartre, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche, all of which claimed there was no underlying meaning. This even fits into the currently accepted interpretation of quantum mechanics, in which particles behave completely randomly. This was obviously a bit of an unsettling answer to my question. I began to see things under a new light – all the normalities I had become accustomed to now seemed just bizarre and meaningless. We really are just in a universe created by chance, cursed with free will and the weight of our decisions thereafter.

    However, I believe I’ve discovered a solution to the pessimistic attitude that tends to follow this kind of belief – optimistic nihilism. This adaption of existentialism states that although there may be no underlying meaning to the universe, you are capable of discovering your own meaning. We may not have a ton of time on this planet, but why focus on the ticking clock when you can focus on making the best with the time you have. The universe is, in a sense, your playground and we should be happy that we have the chance to play for a while, not pout that the playground is there for no reason. I’ve decided to spend my life studying the playground, as I find it to be both visually and mathematically appealing. But this is not any more of a correct way to live your life than any other way – it’s just the meaning I’ve created for myself.

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  31. Growing up, I’ve always been prone to worrying. Worrying about my looks or my grades or just about anything under the sun became a way of life. Sometimes it felt like my mind was a cycle of “what if, what if, what if..?” As I’ve gotten older and things in my life began to change, I felt like my worries were manifesting into reality. I’ve never liked dealing with change, but recently it has helped me to understand that nothing in my life will last forever, so I have to cherish every moment that I have. I started taking notice of little things, maybe watching a pleasant sunset or listening to the rain patter on my rooftop. I try my best to see the joy in simple moments. I often go camping and hiking with my family, and one thing I always try to do is take a minute to close my eyes and be surrounded by the forest. To hear the birds sing and the wind rustling through the trees, to feel the sunlight on my skin, it feels so peaceful. I don’t think about anything else, no worries, no pain. Just here and now. I try my best to think this way as much as I can. It can be hard to not wish for what once was or fear for what will be. I’m not always successful, and that’s okay too. It’s important to allow yourself to feel sad sometimes. For me, seeing the beauty and value in each moment, whether it’s a monumental moment or a mundane one, is one of the most important things I have learned to do. This is what living in the moment means to me, understanding that every day is a gift to be grateful for and cherishing every moment I spend with the people I love.

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  32. Sometimes it seems to me that “living” is just a fancy word for “continuously trying to not think about every embarrassing thing I’ve ever done in my past”. Every awkward pause, every time I shouldn’t have said that, every time I told the waiter “you too” after they told you to enjoy your meal. Sometimes the past is like an impossible maze in my head; around every corner there’s a choice I wonder if I made correctly. There’s no exit in sight. And don’t even get me started on the future. For lack of another metaphor, the future is also a maze, except this time, it contains every possible unfortunate outcome that might happen if I leave the house tomorrow (and some impossible!) Occasionally these two weights push on me at once from both sides and leave me unable to move. To me, living in the moment means casting off these weights and moving forward with a clear mind. It means accepting the fact that the past will never change, and believing that whatever happens in the future, things will be ok. It means appreciating the positives instead of forgetting them in favor of the negatives. Of course, saying that is much easier than living it, and I’m notoriously bad at taking my own advice. But I know I’m getting better at living in the moment and allowing myself to enjoy myself without guilt. The past and the future may contain unknown terrors, but the present usually has a lot to appreciate too.

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  33. Living in the moment to me means that your mind is fully focused on the now and taking in everything that’s happening around you. Like the scenery, the scents, and the sounds. Traveling is how I’ve learned to live in the moment. There’s a difference between tourism and traveling. Tourism is going to all of the well-known spots that may feel more comfortable because it’s catered to visitors. While traveling is immersing yourself into the culture of the country you’re in. It may be intimidating but that’s what makes you live in the moment. There’s nothing wrong with tourism but I would rather be traveling. I’ve been fortunate enough to see many different countries and while I’m there I try not to don’t worry about what needs to be done when I get home. It forces me to put my focus into where I am and what’s going on around me. Although, I will admit I’m not the best at remembering to live in the moment during my everyday life. It’s something I strive to do more of. In this society where social media plays a big role, it can be challenging to live in the moment and not think about what’s the next thing I’m going to post or what someone is doing on my feed. During the summer I went back to Asia for the third time. In the previous years when I’ve gone social media wasn’t a part of my life. I found that on this trip I wanted to take a snapchat and post it whenever I saw something interesting. I wasn’t taking the time to take everything in. Luckily I caught myself and put my phone away in a closed bag and made an effort to be in the moment and appreciate it for what it was. If I felt like it was memorable enough I took my camera out to take the picture, not my phone. I found that this resulted in a more lively trip because I was connecting with the people around me. Also, when I look at my pictures I can remember when and why I took it. There was more thought put into it. I can remember the sights, sounds and smells that were going on while I took it because I took the time to immerse myself into the moment beforehand. It’s not bad to want to capture a moment and share it with others. It’s the sharing without actually being in the moment. I believe that appreciating the small details around you is important. I found that I was happier when I was living in the moment. I’m not the best at always being in the moment but every small step in the right direction is still progress.

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    • I agree with how you said that social media plays a big role in making people lose touch with living in the moment, and i also have a bad habit of worrying about little things instead of enjoying the moment for what it is.

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  34. Life does not wait for us to catch up. As people, we get caught up in the little things in life, we focus on the fine details rather than the bigger picture. I have seen many people, my peers, parents, teachers, even fast food workers, who overwork themselves and allow miniscule events ruin their whole day.
    I used to be this type of person. Short tempered. There comes a point in your life where you need to realize that something that happens for five seconds will not matter after that very moment. During my senior year of high school, I was the most stressed I have ever been. When I reminisce on my last year of school, I realize that I completely worked myself to my limit. Homework assignments, quizzes and even drama was beating me down so easily. None of those things even matter anymore. Nothing so small and temporary should ever completely break you down.
    As I enjoy my summer before college, I am allowing myself to completely live in the moment. I am enjoying time with my friends, family and even myself. I have allowed myself to make crazy spontaneous decisions (and purchases). I took a vacation with a close friend to Washington D.C and completely immersed myself in the culture and history not worrying about being on my phone or the world around me.
    While I worried about my grades and stressed over work and school, I could have made more time for myself, for my family and for my friends. Everything in life matters, but nothing matters more than the life you create for yourself.

    Get the chance to be spontaneous and adventurous. Live in the moment.

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  35. In the grand scheme that is all of existence and the universe in it’s entirety, a human life is almost instantaneous in comparison. As we progress through our lives, we desire to be older because it seems so much better than our current age. As children, we feel as though we lack freedom and knowledge and wish we were teenagers. As teenagers we feel as though we need independence, and wish we were adults. As adults we feel as though we need to complete our lives and wish to chase our dreams. Once we become seniors we look back upon our lives, looking at when we peaked, and when we were at our lowest. We look upon our regrets and wish that we had lived life in the moment and accomplished so much more. It all passes in an instant right before our eyes, and perhaps it didn’t reach the full potential it could have. Life is too short to hang on to the past, and drag on regrets. Seeing that people pass away everyday in one way or another, we must truly live in the moment, with loved ones, or doing what we love. Spend time with those you truly care, try to achieve your dream in one way or another, and make sure to live the present as it is all we have when everything else is taken away. Personally I have always wanted to become older so that I can be able to do activities like driving or voting, however I now wish that time had not passed so fast until this point. All I can do now is to make sure I make the most of everyday as though I won’t be here tomorrow.

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  36. I am a firm believer in the simple statement that life is what you make of it and one should always live in the moment. The attitude people have in a situation directly affects the outcome and any sense of personal satisfaction that can be gained from said situation. What could be the most positive and significant life experiences can be turned into what seems like a chore purely based off of the way in which one perceives them. In order to make the most out of life, it is imperative that people live in the moment, making unpleasant situations into positive ones, which is something that I have always tried my best to follow.
    I have put this philosophy into practice frequently, leading to some of my fondest memories which would originally have been seen as a negative. One example of this was a few years ago when I went on vacation for a week in Maine with a close friend of mine. The first day was spent outside in the scorching sun without sunblock and unfortunately we got sun poisoning, the harsh as well as uncomfortable symptoms of which normally would ruin anyone’s enjoyment. For my friend and I, we initially felt this way but soon accepted our bad luck. Instead of wallowing in our own self pity we adopted a positive outlook on the situation and spent our few days recovering binge watching criminal minds and enjoying ourselves. While this may sound boring, this vacation has endured in my memory due to the attitude in which I embraced the situation. What could have been seen as a roadblock to our happiness for the rest of the week was rather seen as a humorous mishap and our best efforts were put into making the situation as pleasant as possible. While this philosophy may be considered a cliche I believe that it is an important thing to keep in mind that many overlook. The mundane responsibilities of day to day life can often weigh a person down and by making the most out of these responsibilities no matter how unappealing they seem can make people overall much happier with their everyday lives.

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  37. Life will always hit you with anything it can throw at you. What I’ve learned however, is that no matter what you can always push on. I was always kind of quiet, you’d rarely see me trying to get attention. I’d always try to not raise my hand and rather let my peers answer for me. Even in sports, say futbol, I would always try to not be open in order for my teammates to pass the ball to someone else.

    Though, sports did give me a world in which I could forget about any stress built up. A world where all of life’s problems are pushed away into a rocket ship and sailed to the end of the universe. The only thing that my mind would focus on would be the futbol. And that’s where I started to gain a liking to defense, where I could be free to be in the background but still help my team out by destroying opportunities. For a while that helped me cope but after a while my teammates would criticize how I can’t keep up with other players. This not only hurt my soul but my motivation to play futbol, Later down the line we would be short by one player, the goalkeeper.

    Now I have played goalie but I’ve never done it for half a game, let alone the whole game. We decided that we would choose who would fill in for it by random and I got picked. I instantly fell in love with the position. I love the feeling of blocking shots from attackers but I was in the spotlight if they ever scored a goal.

    I was heavily criticized because of my newness and rookie mistakes that I would make all the time so I quit the position until high school. The situation was similar, no one wanted to be a goalie so I would fill in, thinking that nothing special would come out. I’ll never forget my first save, where everyone gasped and saw a bullet go to the net and all of sudden the ball would just stop. I looked at my hands and saw that I caught the ball and my teammates patted me on my back. This “Living in the moment” made me realize I didn’t even know what I did. My mind just went into auto-pilot mode throughout the match. I have always been goalie from then until forever. Just the feeling of gratefulness that I was there to block the shot always surrounded me. It made me realize that I should never give up on what I love, even if people drag me down. Always go with your gut instinct.

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  38. Time moves with or without you. So living in the moment is important you see things from a different perspective, everything is lowed down and you can fully grasp what is happening around you. Where as when not in the moment you let everything fly by you in a flash. For example have you ever hiked to the top of a mountain? Well if you haven’t it is the greatest experience, that was my first time living in the moment. Being up there makes you take the time and take in everything you see that’s my example of living in the moment.

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  39. As a young adult you start to realize and question things like want you want to do and what you are living for. For me I think I realized too soon how this cruel world works. Yes there is most definitely problems about hate, rights, sadness, discrimination, abuse, and all of that. People talk about those things on a regular you basis, and the simple truth is things take time to change. What I realized if after your done being baby’ed with life after primary school is done and gone the world throws you into the real world abruptly and unjustly. Now accidents and mistakes consequences are much more severe. You now have to work to do the things you want to and need to have. Once you realize that it’s always too late and everyone wants to go back to the way things were, how much you wish that enjoyed simple times. How you should have spent that time better, how you want to go back so badly. Once I learned that I decided that I would spend my last time as to put simply “a free person” would be doing what I want. Because soon I wouldn’t be able to any more because of working at a job I probably won’t like. Now in my last summer vacation before college before I have to sell my soul by dishing out cash that I don’t even have. To a college that only might guarantee I work doing something I love. They expect us to run all over the place make us do all sorts of ridiculous tasks before we even are officially students. While we’re just trying to make the most of the summer vacation, they are asking things they could have asked us for during the time they took our time. To that I say that’s not fair! I believe that I and everyone has the right to have freedom to enjoy life the best we can while we still have it. Before we have to become a mindless worker or slave expect paid. Before we become a walking money bags for people to take from. I believe that taking away our time to do a foolish tasks isn’t fair! Let me, let us enjoy life before you take it away from us.

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  40. Living in the moment is about having better memories. When you go back to a certain moment in your past mentally it should provoke a thought. But if you have your head down trying to take pictures, or whatever. You do get a more tangible way to remember but you don’t get the emotions attatchment to the memory. I prefer to remember the moments, and how they felt instead of what my memories look like.

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  41. To me, living in the moment is making the best of new situations. When transitioning to high school, I decided to enroll in the same private school as my father once did as I sought a better education and wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps. Since it was a whole new school I did not know any of my peers other than two from my middle school who had also decided to go to this private school. We were not friends in middle school however, knowing that we would not know anyone else right away, we quickly became friends and started eating lunch at the same table. We quickly realized that many other students were coming from a multitude of different schools and they also did not know anyone. We quickly found new friends in our classes and invited them to eat lunch at our table. Pretty soon we had a full lunch table that we always sat at. This new group of friends was very beneficial to all of us as we now had people that we could ask for help with homework or projects. It also allowed us to form study groups so we could easily pass our tests.

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  42. I believe in real life experiences. Tiny, minute, microscopic points in the past that make us the people we are today.
    When I first learned of this essay, I did what any normal teenager does, and I procrastinated it until the very last moment. I knew it was coming, and I knew I had to prepare, and yet I could never get myself to really sit down and focus on it. Every night in the week before the due date I found myself in the same scenario, just about to sit down and start writing when a text would grab my attention. Of course I always chose to respond, and it always lead to a night out rather than writing this essay. I believe that despite the stress it may have caused me, it was the best set of decisions I made for this scenario.
    Instead of sitting alone in front of my laptop, throwing ideas at the wall to see if they would stick, I went out with my friends, and had a great time doing so. These friends that I have now, it might be the last time I see them, or it might be the last time that we are all together in one place with an abundance of free time. I chose to make some small decision to enjoy the company of my friends, and gain some life experience I may not have otherwise gotten.
    These decisions, and the other millions of small decisions I have made in my life, have given me real memories, and have shaped the person I am today. I could talk about a few major decisions, and how they affected the way that I think, or the way I process my emotions, but it is rather these minuscule moments that I believe in, and that are the most important to me, and who I am today.

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  43. I’ve recently come to the realization that the older I’ve gotten, the more difficult it has become for me to live in the moment. I feel that when you’re a kid, living in the moment is almost second nature because there really is no other moment for someone that young to possibly live in. During those early years, we honestly don’t have much of a past to look back on, if we can remember it at all, and the future seems fanciful and so far off that we never really deem it necessary to spend much time thinking about it. Childhood is full of curiosity and wonder, and there is so much within that present time to simply experience, that we don’t worry about what happened in the past or what could happen in the future. However, as we grow up, we start to accumulate memories, both good and bad, that we are able to look back on. Also, it is at this stage in our lives that we start to take on more responsibility over ourselves and learn that actions have consequences. As a result, we may become increasingly worried about whether a past decision will come back to haunt us. I’ve found through my personal experience that this mentality results in the formulation of several worse case scenarios in my head that I then over analyze and lose sleep over despite the very slim probability of any of them actually happening. The majority of the time, these thoughts remain what they are, merely thoughts. I’ve come to conclude that this brand of thinking often gets me nowhere and in some of the worst instances has been holding me back from achieving my true potential. My past will always be behind me, and the future will always be ahead of me. A moment is such a fleeting amount of time, and as such, I believe that we should all try to make the most of it. Take a step back, do something you love, spend time with those in your life that make each moment worth living. Above all else, stop worrying about what could happen. Instead, experience what is happening.

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    • I agree that it gets harder to live in the moment when we get older. So many people, myself included, really do worry about what could happen as you said. I’m always thinking of the worst possible outcome of a situation that hasn’t even happened yet. It gets aggravating thinking too much about the past and future. Sometimes it’s good to just sit back and relax and focus on the present.

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  44. Everyone has a day-to-day routine that they follow. My routine used to be heavily focused on the world that lives within the screen of my cellphone, and not the world that surrounded me. I believe that living in the moment means being connected with your surrounding environment. In an era where technology and social media dominate our lives, living in the moment can seem almost impossible. Social media was designed with the intention of connecting people, but the only thing that is has truly accomplished, is disconnecting individuals from humanity, from emotions, and from reality.
    Far too often we turn to social medial for validation on our lives, on our actions, and on ourselves. I used to spend hours on end checking social media to see how many faceless strangers accepted me based on the quick snapshots that I thought were worth sharing with the world. I was too concerned with what people I didn’t even know thought about parts of my life and personality. I was so focused on the digital world that I was letting the real world pass me by and I didn’t even notice. I was deceived into thinking that other people measured the worth of my life and the significance of my success, by whether or not they clicked that tiny thumbs up button or the heart and the bottom of my post. I mistook followers for friends and random comments for people caring. Who is there for you when you login online, and who is there for you in person, is literally the difference in the world.
    Living in the moment means looking up from the screens that we have become so addicted to. We need to remember that there is a world beyond the fames of the pictures that people share. It is time that we realize we are losing more by living in the technological world versus reality. You lose so much in conversations by typing them with your thumbs. Emojis cannot replace the true value of facial expressions. Punctuation cannot replace the true impact differing tones have on a conversation. Living in the moment means that you are able to confront and recognize raw emotions and be able to make eye contact with the people around you. I believe that we as a society need to take a step back, disconnect from the digital world, and reenter the real world. I believe that if we let the world that we hold in our phones go dark, we will see just how much brighter the real world is.

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  45. Taking time to live in the moment is something that I practice in my daily life. Living in 2019, its easy to be easily distracted by all forms of media. From twenty four hour news, to social media, to smartphones in general, there are many instances in which a person can get caught up, and not enjoy the simple moments in life. Now I must admit that I am one hundred percent guilty of spending too much time on my phone from time to time, but at least once a day I always take time to take a deep breathe, take in my surroundings, and to live in the moment a bit.
    Over the summer, my family and I took a trip to New Hampshire. With being almost completely surrounded by nature, such as enormous mountains and water falls, I made a promise to myself to significantly decrease the time I spent on my phone. During the trip I spent time bonding with my family, enjoying the greenery around me, and even met new people. By living in the moment during my trip, I was able to open up and relax a bit as well as open my mind to new ideas. I feel that taking time to live in the moment can help to increase creativity and help you to appreciate the things you have in life.
    Even though I won’t always have the beautiful scenery of New Hampshire to help me live in the moment, I will continue to do the best with what I’ve got. For me living life in the moment isn’t that hard, and it doesn’t need to be taken that seriously. I just think that it’s important to appreciate the good things and people that exist in your life, to truly live life to the fullest.

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  46. What triggers a person to act? Their charisma, curiosity, or motivation? These days anything could impact a person from an experience. Last summer, while I was in Japan Osaka. I was staying with kids from different countries. We were experiencing the Japanese culture and had the opportunity to explore different exercises. The main goal was to find our inner passions. The environment of the community was beyond different. Being able to live in a rural area for two weeks changed my atmosphere completely. I couldn’t believe that trip would change my whole output of what I wanted to do in the future. Since then I wanted to give back to the environment and bring more awareness of the disasters occurring around the world. One moment at this trip, a tsunami was passing by, but my friends wanted to play Frisbee outside. I could have felt that intensity of the rainfall coming down upon me. That moment, I cherished because I was living the moment and couldn’t bear to think how still to this day we are still not treating our planet with more caution. Everybody should have a blood rushing experience because it impacts your character. However, I think at this moment human beings are living the moment without thinking that we are responsible for our planet. Our planet is dying and we are not doing nothing anything. Like the government in Brazil that is not doing to stop the fire in the Amazon. Living the moment counts as being aware of our environment. Living the moment is feeling the nature in our soul, feeling the sun warming our skin, smelling the trees, and enjoying every minute of our life.

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  47. Procrastination. It’s the reason I’m starting this assignment on August 24th. It’s a simple concept that has some complex consequences.

    Procrastination. It’s the reason I’m continuing this assignment on August 25th, after having written a mere twenty words the night before. I believe wholeheartedly, however, that this way of living is far from ideal. In fact, I believe that the secret to success is the absence of this pesky habit.

    Procrastination. It’s simply a phobia. The fear of “now”. There’s no reason for it. The mind simply creates some outlandish excuse as to why the task cant possibly be done now. Whether its, “I’m too tired”, “I’ve done enough”, or “It doesn’t HAVE to get done now”, these excuses become law. They kill any hope of being productive so that you can just do nothing instead.

    Life is short. This is a realization that is hitting me hard this summer. Days are going by faster than ever, and they will not slow down. Hours, days, weeks pass and small tasks that I’ve been shooing away come to surface all at once. Instead of completing them when I am given them, I watch T.V. or play video games.

    So, as I ironically write this passage on the 25th of August, I have come to truly believe that procrastination is the root of failure. In order to be successful in life, I believe that I need to get over this fear of the present, and just do whatever it is I need to do before I have a chance to stress about it.

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  48. Living in the moment was something that I believed I had always done, but over the years I came to the realization that I haven’t been doing so. Living in the moment, to me, is cherishing every moment and living each day like its your last. Living in the moment doesn’t mean that every day has to be a good one, it just means that you make the most of a bad one. It was only after a trip to Europe that I realized this. A few summers ago, I went to Portugal with my family to attend a wedding. I saw family there that I hadn’t seen in years, or I had never met at all. Meeting members of my family that I never even knew existed opened my eyes to a world of regret. I could have been connecting with them over the course of my lifetime, but instead I had no idea they were even there. The time that I was in Portugal, they taught me a number of things that my parents never could. I have always loved animals, but I was never given the chance to interact with them in the way my relatives allowed me to. I spent days on their farm taking care of donkeys, cows, chickens, rabbits, and more. I happily shoveled manure just to spend more time with my cousins. There were days that we did fun activities together and had family dinners, other days we fought like siblings or argued over what we were going to do. No matter which day it turned out to be I treated it as a good one, even if there was some bad. Since that trip, I confront every day with a positive attitude and continue to pursue my own version of living in the moment.

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  49. I believe that living in the moment is one of the best ways to live. For starters living in the moment is how you always will fully experience everything in your life such as your job, marriage and anything you enjoy. For example, I love riding rollercoasters which I can only really get the most enjoyment out of when I’m riding and not when I think about it a few days before riding or reflecting on it a year later. I’ll never experience anything in the future, and I can’t re-experience anything that’s happened in the past in exactly the same way.
    You also have control of how you live your life in the moment, you can make choices and changes in your life that will impact your future. In the present you can look back on your past and see where you can improve yourself as a person. You make all of your life changing choices in the moment. If you focus too much about what will happen in your future, then you’re not going to appreciate what’s happening in your life at that moment until it is too late. I usually just focus in what my plan is for the day or week than what my whole plan is for my whole future. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t focus on your future at all but instead you should find a healthy balance. Sometimes you’ll never appreciate something until its truly gone then you’ll understand how important living in the moment truly is.

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