86 thoughts on “Living in the Moment

  1. Strokes of light yellows and deep reds softly faded, making the transition from evening to night. As most young children do, I feared the dark. As a distraction, I glanced out the window, following a light with my eyes. A crescent shape in the sky was staring back at me. Through blankets of darkness, this shape was able to emit its light, soaking the world below it. Mesmerized, I placed my finger on the glass and watched as the shape moved along, aligned with my finger as we sped along. The moon followed me home I thought for years. I adored the feeling that the moon was always there, no matter what, it would never leave our side. I loved knowing that I had something to fall asleep to every night, and that it would still be there when I awoke.
    The moon’s tides act as the Earth’s moods, but I never realized how strong of an impact the moon can have on us; on I, an individual. The whole world depends on the moon, without it, we’d be nothing. Even through the darkest nights, it shines its brightest, and even on the brightest days, it’s there. On my darkest nights, I wish to be swallowed into the universe, never to be seen again. Same goes for my brightest days.
    When the sun shines, people forget that the moon is even there, but yet, it still shows itself, even if it goes unnoticed. If I take myself out of this life I thought, the world would go on with or without me in it. I then asked myself What would happen if the moon disappeared? We wouldn’t have a world to move on in.
    That was the answer. Make a difference: Be the moon.

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    • I absolutely enjoyed reading this piece of writing. The way you reflected on your childhood and your past memories reminded me of my own childhood. Your take on how important the moon really is was phenomenal because not only did it allow others to see from a different perspective, it allowed them to really appreciate the small things that go unnoticed. I found it very intriguing that you compared yourself to the moon and how you turned your writing into this very meaningful message. Shine on.

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      • I totally agree with Kasie. Maddie I loved the passion and detail that you put into writing your message. I too can relate, since I have always looked to the sky whenever I needed answers. I would find new inspirations when I would look to the moon or beyond at the stars. The way you portrayed your message by saying to be the moon fills me with confidence and makes me feel important. I am sure I am not the only one who feels like this after reading what you wrote. I believe that this world needs more moons like you.

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    • This was a great peace of work, it reminded me a lot about my childhood and i also loved your word choice as well.

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    • I believe that it is necessary to cherish every moment as if it is your last.
      Life is so beautiful whether we choose to admit it or not. No matter if you had a terrible day or week. A life can be taken away in seconds. In April of this past year, 2018, my cousin Jack was driving home late at night and hit a telephone pole. He was ejected and the car landed on top of him. He was immediately rushed to Rhode Island Hospital. There they pronounced him brain dead as a result of far too much swelling of his brain. Later that day, he had his organs harvested to donate to people who were in desperate need of a donation. This was only a few weeks after Jack’s 18th Birthday. When I got the phone call, my heart stopped. I was numb. The day following his death, I ventured to his home. There were over 100 grieving friends and family members present. Whether they were in his room, craving something that would remind them of him or sitting on the couch looking through pictures. Everyone was looking for an answer to the big question. “Why?” Unfortunately no one will ever know the answer to this. The amount of heartache experienced in the following weeks was unbearable. It was such a shock to everyone who was honored to know him. He was the sweetest boy you would ever meet. His wake had a turnout of over 800 people all dressed in his famous wardrobe, tie dye. It made me so happy to see how many people really cared about him. A big life lesson was learned, never take life for granted.

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      • Your writing truly captures the fragility of life. I find it inspiring that you mention the beauty of life even when talking about loss, it shows incredible strength. Losing a loved one is a horrible tragedy and I’m so sorry about your cousin.

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  2. The day I realized the importance of being able to have a real conversation I was sitting in my physics class having a discussion with two of my friends when they both erupted into an intense debate. Both were shouting trying to speak over the other trying to change the opinion of their opposition at all cost. In this chaos it hit me, they weren’t communicating they were both speaking but neither listened to what the other was saying. Had they sat and listened as I had been doing they would have noticed that valid points were made on both sides and that the topic of discussion was not as black and white as they assumed. After a good half an hour of bickering my friends got absolutely nowhere with the only change being that both sides were now angry that they failed to change the others mind. Why was it that they had such different opinions on a similar subject in the first place? There was only one thing I could think of, perspective. They were both looking at the issue from different angles. This thought process led me to the conclusion that the point of a conversation is not to change someone’s mind but, rather provide them with a new perspective to allow them to further understand the subject. It is for this reason why I feel that sitting down, having a conversation and actively trying to gain perspective is so important.

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    • Marcel– you point out something very important– that we need to listen and hear what others say. My dad used to always say, listen with your ears, not with your mouth!

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    • This was really interesting read and I agree that some people don’t respect different perspectives and only want to debate right vs. wrong. I like how you put an emphasis on making the goal trying to gain a new perspective, that really removes the combative nature of some discussions and instead makes it about learning. Awesome!

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    • I liked when you said you realized they weren’t communicating, they were both just speaking but neither were listening. I feel that this applies all around the world because I constantly see people who say they are communicating with someone and yet not even listening to what the other person had to say about it so it just turns into an argument. If we sat and listened to a different perspective, it would be an eye opener for all of us and perhaps look at something in a fresh way.

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    • This topic is clearly a problem in society today. It seems as though everyone is talking over each other and no one is listening. People are so stuck in their ways that they reject any view other than their own. If people were more willing to listen to the other side of the story maybe they could see from a new perspective and both parties would gain understanding.

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    • This Is really good gaining perspective from other people especially friends is amazing and so much fun! Love the essay

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    • I really enjoyed reading this. I agree that a lot of discussions devolve into trying to prove someone else wrong instead of hearing things from a new perspective, and I think that is something that people need to work on. Great writing!

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  3. The only thing you can do in life is take it day by day. That is literally your only option. There is no way of knowing with certainty what the future holds. You have to take the gift of the present by storm and dive in despite the fact that it is full of unknowns. Worrying about things that you can not change will will drive you mad. I recently faced this dilemma when I was way too caught up with the idea of starting my life with my love now, rather than just taking a step back and enjoying what is right in front of me. I wanted to know with certainty all of the events that would take place in my life. I planned them out in my head and I was so infatuated with the idea of knowing, that I was missing out on the present. Soon this time will turn into memories. There is no use in getting so fixated on what is going to happen in the future or else your memories will be bland. My boyfriend helped me realize this and since then I am so much happier. Looking back on how I was thinking before just makes me angry at myself that I was too caught up in the future to enjoy the present. There is no way to learn from the past if your past consisted of worrying about the future. I have realized that the key to living your best life is to live in the now.

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    • I agree, worrying about things we can never change will do nothing but cause unnecessary stress. Learning to live day by day and only focusing on the present rather then obsessing about the future is important and is something that at times can be hard to remember.

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  4. I believe that all human beings shall go through a rough patch at some point in their lives. I should know myself as my parents over the last couple of years have been going through some tough times. There were times when it seemed like all we could manage were table scraps, and other times not even. First my parents were going through a divorce which consumes enormous amounts of money. Then when all seemed lost both my parents lost their jobs and my family and I fell into even more dismay. They always kept blaming each other for past feuds and arguments. At times their fights had turned physical. But you know what? This situation just taught me the greatest lesson of all. Are you going to mope around all day for some magic. Sorry to ruin it but life ain’t a cinderella story sweetheart. You can’t magically wish for things to be okay. Someone could wrong you today either slightly or tremendously, however, it is up to each individual to react a certain way to the situation at hand. Do you freeze and wait for your “fairy godmother” or do you control the flow of the next sequence of events? I believe I’ve learned to live life at the moment and control what happens in my life. Pain is always temporary even if you don’t know. Don’t let yourself get held back from anything. We humans are not immortal we will all die one day. But I for one will make sure I spend every second to the fullest and never let my past pain hold me down.

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    • I really like the way you expressed how you feel. It was very relatable and really spoke to me. Even though times are tough now, doesn’t mean it’ll last forever. at the end of the day, these obstacles we face makes us a stronger person in the end.

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  5. Azaan, your post speaks to me a lot! I used to have fallouts due to family and personal issues and they made me feel so deprived. I liked how you pointed out that you can’t hold yourself from something because I realize things do happen for a reason and it’s impossible to start everything over again. Nothing in this world is perfect. You have to live by what hits you, even the hardships.

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  6. There is something inexplicably enchanting about an early morning by a lake. I can’t say for sure that it is the fog drifting slowly over calm water, or the melodies of lonely birds, or even the stillness as the world waits to exhale. But I do know that if you look hard enough, you are able to find a woodsy kingdom so far separated from the obligations of the modern world that you enter into a new world. Whether it be for a day or a week, it is so important to disconnect and find yourself.

    The stillness of the woods reminds me that there are more important things than the hyper-connectedness of today. Who truly cares where I am and what I am doing at every moment of the day?

    Every year, I spend a week or two away from the pressure to remain glued to my phone.
    And just as the rain falling now will wash away the grime of past few days, I experience a type of baptism through the stillness there. I feel my soul renewing itself as the old passes away.

    I truly believe that stillness and reflection is disregarded in our world today. We are able to learn so much about ourselves through time spent alone. For me, I believe deep soul searching and powerful prayer is best achieved through time in nature.  I believe that we have lost so much through the over reliance on technology. Take a moment to actually experience life.

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    • I really like your use of imagery and how you effectively incorporated a nature theme into your post, it gives the reader a deeper understanding of your point and shows what people are missing in the world around them due to current day technology.

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    • Through the use of imagery, you were able to vividly depict a scenery of a glistening morning lake surrounded by a surplus of trees. Having been camping and hiking multiple times, this image was easy for me to view and understand how it translated to your overall point, however, I do feel that someone who has never been in this situation could still imagine the forest with the description given. I also liked the transition into explaining your point about reflecting on ourselves, which I also agree is important and many people do not realize it. Definitely eye opening and a good perspective!

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    • Hey Lydia, I like how you used such imagery to support your message! Also, I love how you make sure to take long breaks away from your phone, thats such a great idea. I just might start it too thanks for sharing!

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  7. Rites of passage mark the changing stages of our lives, and this also applies to our education. From the first day of school to the day we walk across the stage to receive our diploma, certain events and accomplishments let us know that we are growing and maturing. Moving into adulthood can be a time of mixed feelings. Although we look forward to the new opportunities and autonomy that it brings, we can also have doubts about our ability to manage that independence. In this essay, don’t be afraid to explore the difficulties as well as the joys of this transition. Also, loved ones, especially parents, can also have mixed emotions as they begin to accept your new life as an adult. Being sincere throughout the essay, while expressing optimism and maturity.This thing that we go through in life is something that we all go through at different time I just feel like I haven’t gone through that period of time yet but once I go on that stage and I get my diploma I don’t know what I am going to do next because by then I hope I have my game plan ready to go for college.There is always room to make mistakes, to learn, to work hard, and even to grow as a person. Everyone has made a mistake in their life, no one has learned everything the world has to offer them. Not one person who has walked on this planet has claimed the title of being perfect. Everyone has their flaws, and being imperfect is just human.

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  8. I truly do believe you need to live in the moment and not take life’s simple moments for granted. I was sixteen when I first started working and right off the bat I made many friends within the people I worked with. One of them being a younger gentleman named Adam. I worked in this company for about 2 years and I got to know Adam quite well because we worked most of our shifts together. He was a young dad just trying to make ends meet. he had his son very young and instead of running away he stayed and claimed all the responsibilities that go along with being a father. He truly did face many struggles throughout his life, but he never let them get the best of him.
    April of my junior year, I decided to leave my place of employment and take up a co-op job in it’s place. I was very sad to leave, but I was very glad to have one last shift with Adam before starting a new chapter of my life. The day wasn’t very long and I was punching out before I knew it. Before leaving I made a point to talk with my good pal. We chatted for a while, before giving a short hug “goodbye” and then I was gone.
    It was a Sunday afternoon, not a cloud in the sky and the sun was brightly shining. It had only been about a week since I left my old job and that’s when I got a call from my former assistant manager. He told me Adam had a brain aneurism and he had to be airlifted to a hospital out towards Boston. Three days he held on, but sadly it wasn’t enough. He was only 32 when he passed.
    I will always appreciate the little things. If I didn’t make the effort to talk to him before I left, I would never have gotten to tell him how much his friendship throughout the years meant to me. And little did I know that when I finally left the store, our “goodbye” turned out to truly be a goodbye after all.

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  9. Living in the present is something that a lot of people struggle with on a daily basis. Whether they are dwelling on something that happened in the past or constantly are looking at what is to come in the future. When you are constantly focused on something else you miss out on what is happening right in front of you. What I believe in is living for what is right in front of you. Enjoying the little things in life and living your life to the fullest. This can be related to any life experiences for example, all of us as incoming freshman we are focusing on what is to come and how nervous or excited we are to start this new chapter of life. Instead of focusing on going to a whole new school soon why not enjoy these last three weeks with our friends and family because in less than a month, everything is going to change. This whole summer I have been trying to be there for my friends and family because I know I won’t see them as much anymore. Dwelling on the past may be even worse than dwelling on the future. You cannot change what has already been done. Going back in time is not possible so why hold a grudge? Instead fix things or move on. If you are never focused on what is right in front of you, you will miss out on some of life’s greatest experiences and some of our greatest memories. Instead of constantly thinking about the past or the future, live in the present because the present is the only thing you are living in.

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    • I 100% agree with this. Its easy to miss the little things in life when you keep moving at 100 mph through life… Great message!

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    • Alexandra, the way you expressed that many dwell on past worries and issues is so true. It’s hard to get those people who are always melancholy and down to start to look up and live in the moment. I personally have always been a carefree person who pushes past the sadness and gets back up and moves again. With that comes the other aspect of being too carefree and not ready for the future and what is next. So a balance does need to be accounted for because if you live too much in the past you will not be happy and if you live too much in the moment you will be lost and possibly unprepared.

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    • Yes! This is something that everyone should strive to live by. I also agree that people have a tendency live in the past or the future and they take the present for granted. Thanks for sharing!

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    • I totally agree with this perspective people try to rush through life as opposed to experiencing the things that they will not be able to get back.

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    • I completely agree with what you’re saying. If we focus too much on things we can’t control, we are missing out on what’s happening in the present. It may take some time, but learning to get the past the small things and appreciating what it is in front of us is an important skill that we should all try to gain.

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  10. What I belive in. A statement I have to make to go to school. I believe in doing what you want. Not something illegal. If you want to write a book, write a book. Go to the gym or cafeteria if you wanted to. Do what makes you happy. Make jokes. Go with the flow. That’s what I belive in. I don’t complain if something I can’t control goes wrong. I don’t care if my roommate is gay when I’m not. I don’t if you don’t like the shows, movies, music, sports, and games I do. I don’t care. It makes me happy. That’s what I belive in.

    I have anxiety. I take medicine to help deal with it. When something doesn’t go my way, I get upset. Then I think about. I have no control over the situation. It’s not my fault. That improves my mood. That makes me feel better. I can’t control it and I don’t care. I do what I want. That’s what I belive in.

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    • I agree with this sentiment 100%. Worrying about things that you have no control over only furthers your worry and damages your quality of life.

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  11. Ad·ven·ture- an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity. Now that’s what I believe in. Ever since the day I was born (May 6th 2000), I was told I was a free-spirit and self-reliant person. My mother, who strongly believes in astrological signs says this is all due to my zodiac sign, taurus. If you search common taurus characteristics, things such as adventurous, wild, free, independent and other traits along those lines pop up. So maybe she’s right, and that is why I am the way I am today. I so strongly believe in adventure due to my respect for the life I was given, and acknowledging how short it really is. One of my biggest fears in life is to regret not doing something, and then never being able to explore it. This fear motivates me to take risks, try new things, and explore anything and everything. Traveling to new places and exploring their culture, food, and land inspires me to keep discovering things in this beautiful world we live in. My sense of urge to explore cascades endlessly beautiful things in my life, such as friendhships, places, and experience. I know adventure isn’t for everyone, and many people probably prefer to stay inside their comfort zone, but my bet is their zodiac sign is not a taurus. So thank you to my mom and dad who allow me to be me, and encourage my exploring and adventure, although it may break the bank and worry them at times. I could not imagine myself being shred or uncultured during my time here on earth, and that is why I believe in adventure.

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    • I would not agree more with your belief statement. This is how I like to live my life also. I don’t have the same zodiac sign as you, but I love a great adventure. I truly did enjoy reading this and I’m happy I got to. Great job!

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    • Definitely a belief statement that i strongly agree with. I think one of the most important things in life is stepping out of your comfort zone and truly exploring what life has to offer. You could not have worded anything better, and I think adventure is what makes life worthwhile and fulfilling. My mom has always been into zodiac signs and tells me that my Virgo sign makes me the way I am today, so I like how you tied that into your belief statement

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  12. Days come and go, and before you know it, that deadline is coming up and you’ve hardly even noticed. In the blink of an eye you’ve missed days of your life and you really don’t even know how or what’s happened. I personally have been in points of my life where the days are just passing me by and I feel unaccomplished or that I’ve missed out on the freedom of being a kid. This summer in particular I had this feeling. And I realize now, that I haven’t been allowing myself to live in the moment. I’ve spent so much of my time worrying about entering college and my own personal life, past and present, that I forgot to enjoy what has been right in front of me this entire time. For some it comes easily, but for others, enjoying the little things in life doesn’t seem possible when you’re stressed out. But it is. Enjoy the little things in life, like the time you spend with your family every day, or even just getting out of your house and doing something fun. Because when your older, you’ll want to look back on your life and “the good old days”. If you don’t live in the moment, you won’t make those memories and feel proud of your life and all you’ve achieved. Unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing when you’re living in “the good old days” so its important that you treat every day like that and make your time on this earth really count by always living in the moment and making the most of your time here.

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    • This is a probably something everyone has thought of at least once since college is a huge change compared to what we experienced before in high school; where we may have been with the same people for years. It’s very easy to take for granted the little things in life because they seem so insignificant when we’re focused on a single thing. Definitely relates to me and I hope you’ll make plenty of those special moments when you’re in college as well.

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    • I’ve always dealt with the returning feeling that one day, as I reach the beginning of the end of my life, I may end up looking back at my life and regret not doing certain things. Throughout high school, I felt the overwhelming need to work, study, and to do little more. After all, I would tell myself, my father did not come to this country with the dream of having some failure of a son who couldn’t even make the honor roll. I would sometimes go for a week on the amount of sleep that I should be having in one day, just to make sure that an ‘A’ wouldn’t drop to an ‘A-‘ or God forbid, a ‘B+’. By the end of my senior year, I began to wonder, however, if success and happiness were as closely related as I had always told myself they were. My grades were satisfactory (okay, I had a ‘B’ in Pre-Calculus, but it was my only ‘B’), and I had just been accepted to UMass Dartmouth, so I was in a relatively good mood. I wanted to be able to reminisce about more than good grades, however, when I would eventually end up looking back at my high school years. It was this desire to end the year excitingly, to go out with a bang, that lead me to collaborate with two of my closest friends and write a comedy skit to preform in our school’s annual talent show/pageant contest. To keep a long story short, I handed out fake scratch tickets to the judges, threw fortune cookies into the audience, and spoke in a stereotypical East Asian accent while dressed as Kim Jong Un, and the crowd loved it. I was crowned “Mr. Cougar 2018” that night (The Cougar was our school mascot) but winning didn’t matter to me, because I now had something to laugh about with my friends for years to come. I learned an important lesson as well, because I now understand that striving for a better life means very little if you don’t give yourself the chance to enjoy living.

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    • Hi Gabriel, I can relate to your statement. Sometimes we can get caught up in our everyday lives, that we forget to take the time and enjoy ourselves. Time goes by fast and it is up to us to live everyday to the fullest because we don’t know what lies ahead.

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  13. Jasmine Melo
    Eleanor Roosevelt once said “ The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear of newer and richer experience”. All my life I have been a social butterfly as some people may call it, but my determination to go out and explore and live my life have been a huge part of who I am today. I believe life hands you chances. Chances to be courageous, chances to be happy, and most importantly chances to live your life to the fullest. At the end of the day every chance given should be taken. I had the chance to go on a cruise with my whole family. Twenty seven of us traveled to the beautiful island of St Thomas and watched my godmother and my uncle renew their vows. The reason I’m bringing up this chance I got to take, is because my uncle passed away shortly after. If I never went I wouldn’t have the memory of all of us being together as a family and seeing everyone happy. Not only that but we had a blast and got to do a bunch of outstanding activities. My favorite was going zip lining of cliffs through the rainforest. I will never forget that trip with my family. That is why I firmly believe in living your life. Your not guaranteed to live another day and if you don’t take chances then you are not looking for experiences which is the purpose of life.

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  14. I believe that in order for us to get the best out of life, we have to give life the best out of us. I believe that life isn’t about the things you can touch, but the things you can feel. I believe that this applies to ourselves, our relationships, and any other situation we may face. I believe that life is all about energy.
    Although I am glad that high school is over, and I am entering a new and exciting chapter of my life, it would be wrong to do so without taking the time to reflect on a very positive lesson that the last four years have taught me. Personally, I did not have a great high school experience. I live in a very small town, and graduated with a class of 119 students. Now, anyone who can relate to this knows what’s coming next. In a group of 119 teenagers, everyone makes it their business to know all 118 other people’s face, name, friends, family, financial state, medical history, and last four social security digits. Okay, maybe not quite that far, but you get the picture. It was an environment I found to be very toxic and on most occasions it made me feel trapped by judgement.
    As a result, I would find myself pulling back from social situations, especially those that were new to me, and I would go through weeks or even months of my life feeling very alone. This began in middle school, and followed me through the majority of my high school career. I still went to school, worked, and played sports, but internally I was suppressing strong feelings of loneliness. Even now, I feel anxiety making plans or meeting new people, which I believe stems from growing up with a fear of judgement. If I had to pinpoint a turning point for this, I would say it occurred during the summer leading into my senior year. I simply realized that I had been missing one small, but powerful thing: energy.
    It’s like this; imagine walking into a room overflowing with friendly chatter and laughter, and being greeted by everyone as you enter. You would feel welcomed, relaxed, and probably pretty content. Now imagine walking into this same room, but instead, as you enter everyone becomes quiet, and you are greeted with awkward eye contact or even a few dirty looks. In contrast, you would feel completely anxious and unwanted. These contrasting feelings would be caused by the energy of the room. This concept applies to individuals as well. The way you carry yourself and react to life projects an energy that will influence other people’s perception of you and also your opinion of yourself. Putting positive energy into yourself and your relationships can completely change your results.
    In addition, I was recently very inspired by the Greek word “meraki,” which modern Greeks would use to describe the act of putting love, passion and soul, as well as a small piece of yourself into whatever you may choose to do. So I have decided to live my life in this way, putting positive, meaningful energy into my actions and relationships.
    Although it isn’t always easy, I have chosen to be happy and a negative bump in the road does not have the power to take that away from me. I believe that the energy that I give to the world will find its way back to when I need it most. It is very easy to shy away from investing myself in something, especially when it leaves me vulnerable to a potentially harmful outcome, but I know that doing what is easy will not get me very far. So, every day I challenge myself to do one thing that is out of my comfort zone, whether big or small, because I know that these experiences will be the ones to shape me and help me grow into the woman I am meant to be.

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    • Sara, I love that you chose to turn a toxic situation into an optimistic outlook for the future. I come from a relatively small town as well and did not fit in at all during high school. I am so happy to hear that there are other students like me who are excited to start a new life and succeed in whatever they do. I wish you the best this year!

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  15. People are always talking about living in a moment. But do you know that, in fact, we are also dying in a “sát na?” We simply live and die in a split second. This happens at the same time in the universe.
    “Sát na” is a unit of time measurement of Buddhism, meaning the birth and death of “a mind” in a tick. Thus, the concept of time in Buddhism indicates that life is very short. Everything in the world, including us, changes in every moment of life. Scientific calculations show that in every second of our bodies, we’ve lost nearly three million of old cells and added the same number of new cells. After a second, one old man died, and a new man was resurrected.
    There are times when I know that living in the moment is just not possible. That’s when the impermanence, old age and illness never promise to us and can come at any time without a warning. And because life is impermanent, we do not know for sure whether we will be alive at the next moment or not. The truth of life and death in each moment is important for our thinking. Lives and death are not two opposite objects but rather two sides of an inseparable reality. This is a continuous process that has no beginning and no end.
    I’ve come to the conclusion that living in the moment should not be a phrase that’s thrown around lightly. We are living yet progressing to death. Because the time is short, only lasts for a brief moment like the breath, we should not let time pass in vain without doing anything meaningful. We should not worry about the past or the future, but to live fully with the present moment with mindfulness. If we do so, many wonderful and promising things will come to us in the future. Only then will we have the ability to live in the moment.
    We need to understand this in order not to feel despair, but to appreciate and accept life as it is.

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  16. Jhene Aiko once said “Realizing all things are temporary, I rejoice in this moment.” I thought deeply about what she meant by this, realizing all things really are temporary. It’s bittersweet to know that tomorrow isn’t promised and to always enjoy the present because you never know what could happen in the future. Jhene Aiko saved my life with her music, it got me through some of the toughest times of my life. On June 7 my uncle was killed in a hit & run when he was walking home from the bar late at night. He would still be alive if the person hadn’t left him. My Grandpa found him dead, the next morning on his way to work. This shifted my family completely and I didn’t think we were ever going to recover from this. I watched my grandparents hearts shatter and I could tell my mom was in shock, it took her a couple days until she finally realized he was gone and broke down. He was my absolute best friend and now I was forced to learn how to live my life without him, we all were. Again I think back to what Jhene Aiko had said and I realized instead of being sad and wishing I had more time with my Uncle, I’m going to be happy I got to know and spend time with such an adventurous soul. He’s at peace and so am I because as I get older more people come and go in life and that’s okay. All I can do is be content that I got to know such a wonderful person. Since then, I enjoy my life and the presence of the people that are apart of it whether they will leave eventually or not. Never live your life in the past because hanging onto something that’s already gone won’t benefit you and living in the future isn’t promised.

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  17. I believe in living life. Many people just zombie their way through life, while others sit back to enjoy every single moment. Some people spend every second of every day, worrying about things not in their control, while some don’t have a care in the world. I believe each person has different versions of how they want to live their life, and I think they should find it. I try to live my life so that when I die, I have minimal regrets. I say minimal because it is only human nature to wish certain things turned out different. I do worry about things, but once I don’t have the ability to influence any part of it, there is no point in worrying anymore. I also think that if you like something, and it doesn’t hurt anybody, do it if you are able. The way I see it, living life means have fun when it’s time, and be serious when it’s time to be serious. For example, if you’re at work then its time to be serious, but if it’s after class, and you have the rest of the day off, go have some fun. It’s even more important to have fun when you can in college, because of the stress filled environment. This environment, however, is a great taste of what a possible workplace after college could be like, so it’s recommended you live the best you can. All of this summed up, is just that I believe you should live your version of the best life possible… For you.

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    • I could not agree more with your post. I feel like living life to the fullest is the only way to truly be alive, as long as it doesn’t harm yourself or those around you of course.

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  18. I’m trying my hardest. I’m trying my hardest to breath when my chest feels tight. I’m trying my hardest to speak my mind. I’m trying my hardest to disconnect from things in my life that bring me down. Starting college is a stressful time for everyone, and I think it is responsible for part of the tightness in my chest. However, it is natural to be anxious about this new chapter in life, and its reassuring to know that so far, everything somehow or another worked itself out, and I don’t doubt that college will too. What I do doubt is that the rest of my feelings of discomfort will not reside without interference. Through some self reflection I’ve come to realize that social media is the culprit. I’ve grown sick of myself over the feeling I get while I wait for a reply, or when I see a post and wonder if it’s about me, or when I hit send for something that I definitely wanted to say, but would never have the confidence to say to in person. Because of this, I’m simply removing myself from the situation. I’ve deleted all my social media for now, until I feel like I’ve broken my bad habits. Everyone will always say to enjoy the college experience, that these will be the best years in life. I hope they are right. I want them to be right. I’m trying my hardest to be the best person I can be. I’m trying my hardest to live in the moment.

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    • Gina, I have repeatedly stayed home out of anxiety. I keep telling myself that not everyone has eyes on me, and in reality, nobody does. Nobody sees the one spot on my white shoes or the way my nail polish is chipped. While your anxiety is social media based, mine is simply social. Trying to stay calm in these situations are hard, but I am doing better thanks to hundreds of ‘deep breaths’, and I hope you are too.

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  19. During an early afternoon in the summer of 2007, a young boy would leave his house, travel to the neighboring abode, and utter 4 words following a knock on the door: “can you come outside?” At this point, these words started an entire day of imagination, creativity, and innocence, unless the reply was a no, however, this rarely occurred. Now, almost exactly 11 years later, that same boy, now grown as a young adult, takes the same path, knocks on the same door, but the words instead are: “can I come inside?” Although the words may be different, the meaning of the phrase still holds the same essence that it did so long ago.
    In a world where most kids could only see their friends at school, I was, and am, incredibly lucky to live next to some of the closest friends of my own. I could’ve stayed inside and spent hours on my GameCube when I was younger if my father didn’t keep telling me it would melt my brain. And I suppose I would be considered someone who would be inside a lot due to the fact that I built my first computer when I was 14 and since then have been very interested in the age of technology. However, even now I still have the same friends that I spend time with and grown up with for the past 13 years or so. And we may not do the same childish things that we used to when we were younger, but I still spend plenty of time outside whether it be swimming in a pool, riding on ATV’s, or just taking a walk.
    I believe in friendship. I believe in not only the bond that people share but the memories and outcomes that those bonds produce. Although times have changed, and people can communicate from unfathomable distances away from each other, the bonds are just as strong. So don’t lose faith in the younger generation, just understand that we just have a different way of making friends.

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    • I completely agree Tristan, we’re always going to be amazing friends and I’m glad I get to have you by my side through all the tough and great times. Good job buddy 🙂

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  20. The most devastating moment in a person’s life comes when they hit rock bottom. Everyone can pinpoint their lowest moment. The most crucial moment comes right after disaster has struck, because this is the moment that defines who we are. It is critical to remember the darkest times, not to resurrect buried misery, but to recognize the effort that has been put into healing and honor those that helped along the way. Rock bottom is a horrible place to be, but it has one advantage: the only way to go is up. Resuming life after a tragedy is about as easy as standing up after being knocked out. It’s incredibly painful and requires strength, determination, and hope. After loss, people tend to retreat from the rest of the world and give up on any hope of a better life. There is hope though. There is a glimmer of light in every abyss, every catacomb of sorrow. Though friends and family can help life get back on track, it is up to every person to achieve their own happiness. It can be accomplished with hard work, determination, and a balance of realistic and idealistic views. The hardest to hold on to is positivity. Optimism is one of the most difficult ideals to maintain, but it’s rewards are boundless.
    All it takes is one positive action to change someone’s world. Even one positive thought or memory can help someone heal and become a happier person. Positivity changed my life for the better and I strongly encourage others to conquer their troubles and live their happiest life.

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  21. I feel as though, in life, and as humans, we take way too much for granted. We live each day, but aren’t living it like it’s our last. And that’s the problem. There’s a whole world out there to explore and discover. I don’t mean you have to drop everything you’re doing and take a roadtrip across the country. And I’m not saying you should hop on a plane and move to Europe. What I’m saying is, live a little more. Hang with your friends and do exciting things. Make new friends. Visit your grandparents every once in a while. Cross things off your bucket list. Be true to yourself. Focus on the things that matter most. Stop putting important things on hold. Learn to forgive those who’ve done you wrong. Let go of toxic relationships. And love yourself before anyone else. Life is way too short to just sit around on the sidelines. We don’t fully realize this until we see it with our very own eyes, that people leave our world, everyday. I am forever thankful and blessed for the family and friends that I have. Without them, I’d have no idea where to be. It breaks my heart to see tragedies on the news, and more so in my very own town. So be sure to always hold your loved ones close and never let them go. Because nowadays, everything is temporary. Life is a gift that has been granted to each and every person, and shouldn’t be taken advantage of. Life is truly amazing, so live it to the fullest, until your very last breath.

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  22. Focusing your mind on things that are happening on the same day or right this second is living in the moment and that is a very important way of living for me. In highschool I’ve had friends that suffered from a lot of stress because they were not only worrying about what was coming tomorrow but the day after and maybe even the day after that. My friend one day asked me why it seemed like I was never stressed. Believe me, I’ve had my fair share of stress in my life, but it rarely ever was about anything in the future. Recently something has come up with my grandfather that makes me think about the future. He was diagnosed with melanoma a couple of years ago and has been showing signs of decline for awhile now. My mother gets deathly scared of the days without him, but I try not to worry that much because I can at least be with him right now and enjoy everything he has to share with me. I have learned to live this way for a while now and I feel like it gives me the most happiness out of life. Honestly, nowadays I feel like it is important for people to live this way, it is ok to worry about some impending things in the future, that is part of the job with becoming an adult. I wouldn’t be so worried about the future to where you crush yourself under stress. Just take a step back and maybe just enjoy what is in front of you, and who knows maybe it will even give you perspective for the future.

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  23. I believe in “living in the moment”, I believe everyday is a new chance to get out your comfort zone and explore the world, I believe no time should be wasted because you never know what can happened the next day. Living in the moment does not mean ignoring the past or not focusing on your future because events that happened in the past, shape who we are and the values that we hold.
    In the present, we establish goals and dreams that shape us to become the successful individual we picture ourselves to be in the future. Everyday I wake up not knowing what the world has waiting for me, but the moment I step out that door, I know I’m not going to sit there doing nothing with my life and letting time go to waste. Before I used to go out with my friends everyday engaging in reckless activities because I felt as though I was living my best life. However, as I got older, I started to notice all the time I was wasting doing the same reckless things everyday was not bettering my life, it was only hurting it. In that moment, I realized I was not living in the moment, but instead in a daily routine because there so many things, that would make a difference, I could explore. I wake up knowing every second of today I will use to better myself and explore this world and try something new because I want to live my life to the fullest with no regrets.

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  24. I sent one last text, shut my phone off, and left it on the table. I had made a resolution to stop living life behind a screen or through a lens, and a camping trip sounded like the cleanse I needed. I believe that technology can get the best of everyone sometimes. It’s easy to get caught up in social media- jumping at every text, checking each email, leaving no notification unopened. We live our lives with the world in our pocket and forget to experience the world around us. Every trip has to be posted, each meal has to get captured in just the right light, and not-so-candid pictures at the beach have to be shared for the world to see. I think its easier than ever to get stuck in the mentality that their life has to look perfect and exciting online.
    On this particular trip, I wanted to pull myself out of that trap. I wanted to live in the moment and enjoy where I was while I was there. So, I packed my bags, brought a real book to read, and left my phone on that table until I got back. Driving up, I was fully aware of my surroundings and talked to the people in the car instead of the friends on my phone. The entire trip was a new experience. No distractions or constant pinging. I was completely connected with the world around me.
    Technology is something we’ll never escape, and on the whole it’s changed the world for the better. Every now and then, though, I believe we need to take a break. Life is too short to live through a screen, and it took me being willing to unplug to see that.

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  25. Living in the moment is something that I vowed to do a long time ago. I had lots of surgeries as a child that were life threatening so I learned how to live in the now versus what could possibly happen or not happen in the future. I wasn’t always like this though. When I was younger I would always focus on the bad things that could possibly happen which brought a lot of anxiety on. My mom would always tell me not to focus on what could happen because it didn’t matter. What mattered what was on our plate at the time. We can’t change anything in the future in the moment, so why would we waste our time? When I went into my freshman year of high school I was always worried about the future and college. But later in the year I realized that I couldn’t focus on the bad things that could happen, like not getting accepted into college or not doing what I wanted to be doing in 10 years. All I could do was do the best for me in that moment. During high school I lost a lot of friends because I did what was best for me in the moment – which inevitably was get rid of toxic people. Even though I lost them, I felt like I could breathe again because I wasn’t walking on eggshells. Living in the moment for me is important because if you’re living in the moment you’re doing what’s best for you and what’s right for you.

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  26. Tick.
    One minute is lost to time.
    Toc.
    One hour stolen from the sunshine.
    With every passing moment, time will surely come.
    To peel away the layers of the burnt blazing sun.

    When I was a young boy, a small one around the age of seven, I used to believe time was never of the essence. I could play on the swing and caress blankets of cool air all day without one care. I could watch our swift sun slowly sink into its own slumber on the comfort of warm fluffy clouds but never once be phased by the ultimate meaning of the recurring tradition. As a child, the concept of time and all its secrets were never exposed to me, as it should be with all children, and I never realized that with every passing moment I was aging and the world was constantly changing.

    Transitioning into my teenage years, my horizons which surrounded the atmosphere of time began to broaden. For once I began to focus on the true nature of human life: life itself. With plenty of life stories, experiences, and lessons, shared to me by both my family and educators I learned that we have a limit to our own time. Some may meet their maximum early, like my own grandparents, while others will have theirs stretched. Either way, we all have that certain point. At this thought, my younger mind drifted. I felt there still was some information missing, something I could not comprehend, a piece of a puzzle that I had lost. If we all have this so-called “limit” then what is the purpose of my time? What will I do to make my time worthwhile and fulfilling?

    Moving into adulthood did not make it any easier to answer this question, though I am beginning to understand. Now, time to me is not defined solely by a limit like my teenage self-foresaw, it’s an entitlement. An entitlement to live life the way I see fit and to exceed the expectations of my predecessors. We are not meant to be rocks at the bottom of a river staying stagnant while the tide breezes past us, quoting a metaphor from Tuck Everlasting. Instead, we are meant to join that tide and live in the moment. Yes, there will be decisions we have to make and consequences that will have to be lived with on our way to contributing to the tide, but in the end, our time on this earth must be cherished because eventually, the clock will win. I believe time is motivation. Time is power. Time is healing. Time is life.

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  27. Soak in the memories until they wrinkle your skin. Feel time fly by until the hands fall off the clock. Live in the moment until you’re dead. Time is always fleeting but living in the moment makes time last forever. The memories made will outlast a lifetime of dwelling on past mistakes, thinking about the what ifs, and regretting not taking those chances. Let go of the past, let the what ifs become real and take the chances you swear you never could. Let the moments you are in become your dance partner for life. Let the moments guide you and let yourself guide the moments. Do something you never would because you see an opportunity to do it. Make the most of every moment. Take time to do the things you love. Take time to hangout with friends because you never know when things will change. Say yes to impromptu outings and adventures. Say yes to a date or hanging out with someone you usually wouldn’t hang out with. Stop letting life and the time you have and the moments we crave so desperately slip through your fingertips. We become too stuck in routines that we don’t realize the moments are passing until it is too late. Break your routine every so often. Jump off a cliff and plunge into icy waters to feel a rush. Feel the moments embrace you as you become submerged. Grab every moment available and shower yourself in them because living in the moments we call our lives makes life worth living.

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  28. “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” This frequently used proverb originating from the Cherokee tribe is something I think we all need to hear sometimes. Too often I find myself worrying about the future and dwelling on the events that have happened in the past. I have lived my days on a set schedule by doing nearly the same things everyday in fear of dramatic change. There has been no spontaneity in my life since I have started highschool and I am vowing to change that about my life in college. By constantly worrying about things that I can not change or things that are out of my control, I have missed out on, not only the finer details in life, but life itself. I want to push myself to take any and every opportunity I get, even if it causes me anxiety or discomfort. There has been too many times where I look back and think to myself that I wish I did go. It could have been as simple as going out to lunch with some friends or going to a concert that I did not think I would enjoy. Too often I regret not doing those things. I am only starting to realize that to truly enjoy life, I must life it day by day. I must live in the moment and enjoy every part of it. I’ve got to push myself out of my comfort zone and try new things, even if it is as simple as a new food. Nothing in life is guaranteed, the best thing to do is appreciate every moment of life you get.

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  29. Time moves at a set rate, and is always moving. There are times where we wish a moment will never end, or it never ends soon enough, but nevertheless all things have a beginning and an ending. During this transitional period of our lives, we often spend much of our time thinking and worrying about our future, such as costs of college, whether your major is right for you, what will you do with yourself once your out of college etcetera. But overthinking things won’t get you anywhere. I believe that one must live in the moment, find something you enjoy and dedicate yourself to it. One can’t live a truly fulfilling life while always concerned about the future. We will all meet our ends eventually, so it is important that we live our lives to the fullest while we can, leaving no regrets behind. It is important to take breaks from our usual schedules, to step aside and dedicate time to enjoy life. I’ve known many friends who got jobs and quit not too long afterwards. I’d ask them why and they would all say along the lines that while it is nice to have money, it does no good if you have no time to spend it. In my future when I look back on my past, I don’t want to think about ‘what if’s, I want to look back on all my achievements and see how every moment made me who I am. Why think about what you will do tomorrow, when you could enjoy today.

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    • I strongly agree with everything you wrote about and I do also believe that overthinking things will not get you anywhere and that you should always live in the moment and live with no regrets.

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  30. Every moment should be spent doing what you love instead of doing something you may regret. Throughout most of our young lives, we spend time trying to figure out what it is that makes us who we are and try to grasp what it is that shapes us as an individual. Sometimes I would be afraid to go on trips with friends and family because I was unsure if I would really enjoy my time. I would deny going out with new friends because I didn’t think they would have fun being around someone they’re unfamiliar with. But once I took that deep breath and managed to stand up, I told myself, “If I fail to take advantage of this opportunity, then how can I see myself in the future familiarizing myself with others?” I believe that sometimes taking that dive into the unknown and making the most out of what you do is vital in shaping who you are. This doesn’t apply to just young adults, but to a vast majority of the people who struggle to make themselves known to others. Being able to take that first step and do something you thought was once impossible can lead to you really living your own life in the moment. “Living in the moment” is what I believe in, and I plan to live that life to the fullest extent.

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  31. Sitting in the booth with my friends we joke as we wait for our food, laughing and poking fun at one another. In the moment it would still be easy to remember that in a few weeks we would all be gone, leaving for college, many of us to never return here, or to one another. It was likely our favorite restaurant would never seat the seven of us together again. It would be easy to remember that our years as friends was coming to a short close, and soon life would throw us into opposite sides of the country. Becoming stuck in the thought of our dwindling time was easy, but it was not productive. It did not create memories.
    Being in the moment meant enjoying life where i was, and soaking in the experiences. Thinking of the past, or what had been, was the same as thinking of the future, and what would no longer be; it steals you from the moment, and your involvement in your own life. Sitting in that booth i realized that in a few months, once we had all left, i would rather that i enjoyed myself on that day, creating a positive memory of my friends and i, than created a negative one, where i was too lost in worrying about myself and my future.
    I believe living in the moment means not dwelling on the future or past, and releasing your worries for a short while, so you can enjoy the experiences while they are happening. The future is complicated, and often scary, and its important to enjoy the time you have, instead of focusing on the time you dont.

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  32. I learned what it meant to live in the moment when I realized exactly how unhappy I was with following a rigid plan and creating this idyllic version of how my life is going to turn out in my head. The moment I realized this, was when I discovered the artist Tyler, The Creator. Listening to all of his albums, he consistently delivers the message of being true to yourself, whether it be allowing yourself to operate outside societal norms or even admitting to yourself and the world that you’re gay. No matter what he does, he preaches his message of being true to yourself. Through that message, I realized just how unhappy I was trying to plan for every single possibility. I started adapting my life, getting rid of rigid schedules and routines, doing more for myself than for others and even deciding to dedicate less time to school. Soon after, I felt a change. I realized that living in the moment was necessary to living happily. The past is the past, it’s already come to pass and can’t be changed, so why worry? And if you live in the moment, then you don’t need to worry about the future because you know you can be happy. The more time spent worrying about what’s happened in the past or speculating on what could happen in the future, the less time you have to spend in the moment. You lose the ability to appreciate what’s right in front of you.

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  33. I believe that you have to lead each day of your life like the last. Growing up I lead a very boring, routine life that had me doing the same thing over and over again. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. My parents did not really push me to try new things so I did not really have any motivation to do so. But one day during my freshman year l I remember attending an assembly that focused on living your best life because of the fact that you only had one and that you had to live every moment of your life like it was your last. This struck me deeply because deep down I knew that this was the opposite of what I’d been doing all along. I made a slow but steady increase of new things to add to spice up my life. I got a job, met new people, joined clubs. But then around sophomore year I basically relapsed and went back to old habits and with the exception of my job I basically stopped living in the moment and started living like a mindless drone again. It wasn’t until my senior year that I put my foot down and made a major change and went outside my comfort zone by joining the wrestling team. I wish to live my life with no regrets and to do this I have to regularly do things that push me out of my comfort zone and create fantastic new experiences.

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  34. Throughout our lives, we are constantly being thrown into one situation after another. Whether the situations we face are good or bad experiences is completely up to your own personal perspective. However, I believe every situation and experience has something to offer. Unexpected lessons and simple ideas can be identified each and everyday, if one has the mindset to grasp them. These lessons can be as simple as appreciating the feeling of sunshine on your skin in the morning, to as complex as self love. This is why I believe that everything happens for a reason. As human beings, we all have a path to follow and a unique story to tell. We are given certain experiences and face many challenges to enable us to grow and progress into the people we strive to be. Nevertheless, it is easy to miss and overlook the objective of any given experience if ones interpretation is negative. This is why it is important to look at each situation and think about personal growth and the development of your character. It is always possible to find the good in a situation, if your looking at it in the right way. The important thing to remember is that perspective is everything, and personal interpretation is the key to success. Everything happens for a reason, but you must have the right attitude to grasp your lessons and find your way.

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  35. We surround ourselves with memories, photos videos little mementos but do we really take the time to look up and appreciate what life has given us? We as a society are absorbed in our cell phones so much that when we walk around it’s like we are never leaving our homes. No physical social interaction, no quick smiles to strangers, no how is your day going to people we pass in our lives. Just our cell phones nothing more nothing less. All of our memories recorded on snapchat every occasion documented by photos every moment needing to be shared with the public. Most of our memories are recorded through a phone screen most of our memories being us sending the videos and pictures to friends instead of enjoying every last moment we’ve been given on this earth. So i propose a change at least once a day I invite everyone to look up and appreciate the scenery or even the people they are sharing this earth with. Realize we all have a limited time here so we need to spend it wisely. Help someone, take a new class, read a new book, go on a hike, but most importantly take it all in. Life is experienced in an infinite amount of ways the one thing we can hope to achieve is happiness and that’s why we need to look up and realize whats in front of us. Every last second should be appreciated because right now what we are living through is a gift and thats why its called the present.

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    • Hi Nicholas, I agree that society can be too invested in technology. Everyone should take the time to appreciate the small things in life because everyday is a blessing. Time spent living in the moment is what can create memories that will be remembered.

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  36. As a young girl I always worried; about the things I could change and the ones I could not. Maybe a part of me felt that by worrying, things would get better. I worried about what the future would hold; what my future would hold. I carried others burdens and made them mine. I always seemed to be mentally occupied.
    One of the things no one can control, no matter how much worrying is done is death; and I worried about that too. My grandmother had passed on when I was barely 7. She was an integral part of my life.
    Not long after my mother fell critically ill. She was near death. At that point my world began to crumble around me. I just could not bear losing her too. She was in the hospital for months before she was able to come back home. Even then she was fragile. I would wonder how fair it was, why all my worrying had not paid off. One day she sat me down and told me she was once like me, worried about the inevitable. She told me life was too short to spend my life worrying,that I should not let life pass me by while I sit and worry.
    As I got older I understood what she was trying to tell me that day. You miss out on the minute things that make up life when you are focused on the things you cannot change.

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  37. One of my old friend’s senior quote states “I wish we knew when we were in the good ol’ days before we left them” and this is when I began to reflect on my life and make the most of every moment. Every summer my sister and I go to Macedonia to visit my family and within that time we get a lot of free time you’d think we’re out there on our own. Every year when we get back from Europe I’m in some type of trouble because of what I have done abroad. Clubs open at 1am and close five hours later really leaving your mornings up for question by the time you get to your bed. You meet people from the states that have the same interests and freedom as you so you join them in their plans of jumping cliffs and bridges renting boats for the day and even partying all night. In these spur of the moment choices of going out and joining these people in our Macedonian adventures it took me back to think this is something I want to be able to look back and remember when I’m older. Of course I go against my gut and of course I end up getting my ass whooped in the end but I value these moments in my life more than anything. When planning on going along with these goons when I know I got some other things to be doing I ask myself if its legal, is anyone going to get hurt coming out of it and am I going to make it back for dinner in time and if all fits well, just go for it. Yeah it’s going to suck being in trouble but in my experiences and I know I’m not the only one, you and your family will be able to look back at the incident and laugh about it.

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  38. For as long as I could remember, I have always stuck with the quote “everything happens for a reason”. For most people it’s just an everyday saying, to me it is a lot more than just that. Every single thing that happens every minute of the day has a whole purpose to it. The moment i realized this was when i was about 8 years old and it was Halloween night. As we were ending the night we were just driving around different neighborhoods and I forgot to give a direction to go towards home so as we drove down a long road that was never ending we came across this massive haunted house. For about an hour my friends and I had honestly the greatest time of our lives but sadly it was actually time to go home. On the car ride home, my friends mom said “that’s why everything happens for a reason, since we missed the turn we kept going and we found the best part of the entire night. If we never kept going straight, we would’ve never found it and the night wouldn’t be as memorable”. From that moment on, I take every situation whether it’s good or bad, as a sign of reason and to just go with the flow of it. Everyone has one life to live and so if you don’t find yourself just going with the flow and just accepting the way things are, you aren’t living in the moment. Living in the moment makes you feel that adrenaline that you get when your at a concert, because for many, concerts are such a great environment to really see how fun life is and it brings so many people together. Living in the moment is significant especially when you’re young because those moments create great memories that last forever. Life is too short to hold back on spontaneous decisions because usually the unexpected events are the most memorable.

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  39. Zachary Joseph

    Anyone and everyone can leave their mark in the world. Whether how much of an impact it has on everyone else in the world is up to you, because the one thing that everyone can control is effort. So how much effort are you willing to put forth to make your life have an impact on yourself, others and the world. Don’t get me wrong this can also happen with little to no effort at all. You may feel as though you can’t do anything big to impact/touch someone’s life because of the position you’re in or any other reason, but here’s a little secret Every Life Matters and Counts. A simple moment like putting a smile on someone’s face leading them to laugh can be a big deal. It’s a butterfly effect. That small moment right there could change someone’s life drastically. Imagine that person has been going through a really tough time and was going to make a terrible decision, by making them laugh could change their whole mood, in all leading them to not plan on the bad decision anymore. So no matter how little, big, small or even who you are and where you come from, you can leave a mark in this world to help change a lot. I believe if you have the chance and power to shape something in your own way, why not take control of it and seize the moment to add an extra meaning to your life.

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  40. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we seem to forget to live. Society has pressed the expectation for each person to be more than they are, creating a life where we do not stop enough to simply smell the roses. I have learned this the hard way, as an over-involved student, athlete, employee, and volunteer I never had time to do things I loved, but only time to do the things I must. I lost out on “unwinding” and making the everlasting friendships that everybody seemed to form in high school. Eventually this made me feel lost. I didn’t ever stop to discover myself and live my life how I felt fit. I never found what made me happy. I just followed the societal guidelines set for me, it took until the end of high school for me to have the self-realization of wondering who am I?
    So over the summer I took “me-time”. I did things I loved, I didn’t stop myself from enjoying being young, I made friendships with people that enjoy similar things, and I made lifelong memories. I forced myself to stop constantly focusing on being more, on being everything expected of me. I let go of societal standards and I found myself. I discovered genuine happiness. I now live my life trying to not miss a moment of how truly amazing it can be. I used this summer as pathway to self-discovery and it brought me the happiness and confidence I longed for. I finally know who I am.

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  41. The world has so much to offer in terms of obstacles, opportunities, and purpose. What the world has to offer was already made before you and I were born. In my life, I had not get anyone to advise me when I was in struggles of overcoming daily life problems. So I motive myself whenever I face challenges, with willpower I was able to find my purpose of what I what I want to do in life. I stop depending on some people because they will fail you at the point of when you needed them. I believe that each person is capable of doing something or overcoming something that seems to be impossible. As long as you have faith in what you are doing or trying to reach, the impossible is possible. As an advice………
    Sometimes, society judges you according to your appearance but they always say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” They only know your name but they don’t know your story.
    ——–live your life to the highest.

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  42. When I was younger my mother always told me that somewhere a little kid was wishing they had what I had. I never really understood that until I moved out on my own and decided to conquer the world without her help. I have been given the opportunity to see life in a different perspective but didn’t anticipate it being so hard. New boundaries and opportunities have given me a sense of freedom but at that same moment, took a way a lot of my freedom. Along with a new independent life; bills, deadlines, and a work load of chores come with it. to say the least, its hard. I wish I could go back to when my mom fed me and drove me to my friends homes, paid for my clothes, and made sure I was home safe every night. I can remember sitting in my room contemplating running away because my mom didn’t buy me the right backpack or hating her for giving me grief. In the end, those moments are what I miss. I regret deeply not living in the moment when I could and soaking in every opportunity I had to enjoy my life as a kid. Now as a growing adult, I take advantage of the time I have with my family and friends. Work consumes my daylight and prevents me from having a sufficient amount of time with the people I love the most. I fear making the mistake of taking the time I have to appreciate life for granted again. Life goes by faster than we think, don’t regret making the most of it.

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    • Nicely said! I really agree. You truly should always live in the moment and take in those crucial parts of your life because one day you’ll look back and wish you had. My family means a lot to me and I too try my best to be with them when I can and appreciate all that they do for me.

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  43. I believe that life’s most memorable experiences happen spontaneously. I think that you learn the most from the people you least expect to and you learn the best in ways that aren’t always as clean cut as sitting in a classroom. I believe that when life hands you something you’re not anticipating, that you’ll get much more out of it which is why living in the moment is such an important aspect of life especially in your teens and even beyond that. When you’re taking life in as it happens, you experience and value it more because you no longer have the pressure of planning and perfecting a moment, instead you’re just living it. In this day and age we are so preoccupied with getting the perfect shot and video to “remember forever” that we are missing the opportunity as it happens. Take a look at a concert and see the amount of phones and cameras that are up recording instead of just sitting back and enjoying the show. We as a generation are so stuck in the mentality of posting pictures on our snapchat stories and updating statuses of where we are that we far too often miss out out on just living out the experience. Even in my own life, I find myself trapped in the mindset that everything I do needs to be documented and posted but when it happens, you have to remember to pull yourself away and since that I have experienced more and creating more everlasting memories that I myself will remember and cherish for myself without having to look back at a video to look back on life.

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  44. The other day my friend sent me a snap chat; she was crying because she didn’t know what the future held. I was at loss for words. I didn’t know how to comfort her because, personal, I never questioned the future. I never worried about what the future held, or cried over fear of having a bad future. Why worry about something that is always in flux? We don’t know if there is going to be a tomorrow let alone a whole future? All you can do is pray you wake up in the morning. And if you do wake up in the morning, the only thing you can do is live. All one can do is set a goal and try everyday to achieve it. we always hear stories about people that enters college with one major and leaves college with another. Or a person that graduated with a degree in one thing and has a job that has nothing to do with their major. No one knows what the future may hold. I believe in focusing on what is happening in the here and now because there might be no tomorrow. The thought of no tomorrow terrifies me, but that is why I live in the moment. There is relief and peace once someone submits to living in the moment and decides to not worry about the future. Which is why I spend more time laughing now, than crying about the future. Living in the moment is truly a blessing. It’s like taking a leap of faith; it’s scary as hell, but once it happens it’s blissful.

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  45. One summer me and my family decided to take a trip to Texas for a family reunion and we as the tourist from another city booked a hotel for our stay. This was during the time of the devastating hurricane that hit southern Texas. Me and my mother went to the free breakfast buffet in which we saw a family that was displaced due to the hurricane and their living condition consisted of staying in a hotel for the foreseen future. We were in awe in which she and her kids had to go through. Then my mother told me to “enjoy every minute of life”. I carry that phrase around me all the time when I’m out with my boys, out with family or even by myself. This saying has also taught me to leave negative energy that enters my life out the front door. Why focus on the negative things you encounter when you can block it out and just live your life the way YOU want to. We don’t know what the future entitles for each and every one of us and that’s what my mother was trying to teach me that day. So I plan on enjoying every minute from here on forward till my clock runs out.

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  46. I believe that living your life to the fullest every day is one of the most important aspects in life. By living your life to the fullest means you have minimal regrets, you do what you want to do, you accomplish as much as you possibly can and you never look back. This is so significant because life is so short and you do not want to look back at the end of your life and wish you did something that you didn’t do. People come and go in and out of your life and there will be people who you love and people who you hate. Life is so short and good times go by so fast and the time you spend with the people you love is meant to be cherished. Cherish the small moments with the people who you enjoy the most. Living in the moment is also a huge part of living your life to the fullest. Don’t worry about aspects that you can’t change. Accept what has happened and accept what you can’t change. Lastly, do not regret anything. You did certain things for a reason and what happened was what you wanted at that point in time. Never regret any moments that happened because everything happens for a reason. Whether, you learned a lesson from that moment or had a moment of happiness, never regret it. These are all aspects to live life to the fullest and to make your life as happy and joyful as you possibly can.

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  47. Recently, my grandmother, Stella has passed away. While I was saying my goodbyes at her bedside I pondered her life as a whole and how she accomplished what she did in the time that she was here on earth. How she wasn’t afraid, and wouldn’t hesitate to take on the fast-paced streets of New York. Especially her ability to have her plans for the future. On the other hand, for me, it’s scary to imagine where I will be in ten years. I feel uneasy when I ponder the future, so I decide to live in the moment. I have always found comfort in only looking a few steps ahead and not getting lost in the distant scenery. For Stella, she had already painted the sunrise for the next day. She knew what to invest in and where to save what extra she had. Her safety net was knowing what to expect next and be ahead.
    To live in the moment makes me feel safe and at ease. I get to wake up every day and take life as it comes. Ever since I was little being carefree was part of being young. Now that I am older I have realized it is not just long sunny days, and that I must start to plan and think a few steps ahead. It frightens me because life is so precious and the thought of abruptly leaving the world and not doing those light and picturesque acts is unfathomable. Although the passing of my grandmother has brought many tears and emotions the example she set of planning ahead and sprinkling in the whimsical moments has stuck with me. Now the idea of both living in the moment and looking forward is not as intimidating.

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  48. I am overall, a very happy individual. I love life and all of the wonders that it contains, but there has always been a significant part of me is a constant worrier. I worry about things I have absolutely zero control over. It’s a part of me that I cannot tame, at least not yet. No matter how much I meditate or try focus on the present, I can’t seem to let the future be just that; the future. However, each moment of seemingly endless laughter, or pure joy I completely forget about what tomorrow may bring, or what mistakes I’ve made in the past. Those are the moments I live for.
    I remember so clearly in elementary school, all the teachers asked us what we want to be when we grow up. All my peers seemed so sure of themselves, whereas I, just being a child of 8 or 9, had no clue. I barely knew who I was then, and they were expecting me to know what I want to be in 10-20 years? It was absolutely absurd to me. Looking back on those days, I realize just how much that has made me treasure each moment as I am in them. To live in the moment is the greatest gift. With no worries of the future, and no regrets of the past, it is an incredible skill to have. I continue to work on myself each and everyday. I will always strive to be better with living in the moment, because each moment on this earth is a gift that I refuse to take for granted.

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  49. I find myself surrounded by so many people who focus more on living in the past and thinking about the future, and never find themselves focusing on what’s right in front of them . “Live in the now” is a phrase that I believe everyone should know and follow. You can’t go back in time and change the past so the present is a new time to create different opportunities, to be able to bounce back from the past, and just keep riding a new wave. Everybody is always way too busy for what is to come ahead that no one takes time to enjoy what you are actually doing. Personally, I felt myself being tormented and haunted about things that happened from my past. Once I found the courage within myself to live in the my every day present life I found myself being so much more happier. I use to dwell on the fact that I was born with a birth defect in my foot that caused me to walk with a limp and have one leg smaller than the other. It is still like that to this day. I use to be bullied for it constantly to the point where I would never wear shorts, and always would wear pants to cover it up. But, I’ve learned to accept myself and realize that I cannot change the past, and that is just how I am. So I can not live everyday caring about what happened eighteen years ago. I have to care about the difference I can make every single day. It is crucial for every human to live in the now and not worry about your past. Things change and happiness can come. Bruce Lee once said, “Become like water my friend.” Live life fluidly. Water adapts to all of its surroundings. Water is not affected by what happened to it in its past.

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  50. I believe that upon the evergrand moment within a desolate time, the waves cease yet the winds blow upon the twilight to come. Royal lavender shades all that is warm, ceaseless bifrost purge the life. Frozen as if not breathless the hours fade, minutes shatter, and seconds loop. Cycled in eternity, white noise sturms discord through oceans of ebony. Through the chaos and anarchy a renewal of breath brings clarity.

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  51. I believe in living in the moment. Like most people, I often find myself getting caught up in pointless things that don’t matter and are not worth stressing over. This is a bad habit that many humans obtain, however throughout my life I have come to realize that life is truly too short to be worrying about something that won’t matter tomorrow, a month, or even a year from now. If you do not know what is going to happen tomorrow, then what is the point of worrying today? Life is a beautiful gift that should be handled carefully day by day, because every second counts. Living in the moment matters because you only have so much time here on earth with the people that surround you. Don’t sweat the small stuff, instead take a deep breath, and remember that everything will be fine. Don’t take yourself too seriously, just make memories, take risks, and have fun. Be patient with yourself and realize that you do not need to have your whole life planned out yet. Live in the moment while you still have the time to do so.

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