The other day I was in one of those moods. You know one of those moods where that little man in the back off your head begins to make you doubt where you are at now in your life. We all go through it at some point and have to constantly battle that little man so that we can keep our evolution progressing. One of the conclusions I came to after coming out of one of those moods was that the reason that our lives aren’t getting anywhere is because we don’t enjoy where we are in our life RIGHT NOW! Could we be setting ourselves for mental failure because our mind doesn’t get to love and accept some aspect of the now?
I wrote about these concepts briefly in posts such as “Quit Dwelling on the Past or Thinking About the Future” and “Don’t Worry It Wasn’t Your Time”. I actually go back and read those posts of mine pretty often to remind me about my journey. What I realized is that many times we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the everyday struggle that we don’t take time to enjoy the place where we are now. Even if that now is in a dilapidated state we have to take some solace in the success and good things we do have around us now.
We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today. I don’t think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great. If you’re hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time. ~Art Buchwald
For your truly I know I have let things and people around me not let me enjoy the present day. I sat back and realized how much I have accomplished in my life now and I am not enjoying it at all. I have a pretty successful award-winning blog, a growing podcast (Straight Outta Locash), and a successful event planning company that has gone for 6 years strong. Am I where I want to be now? Hell no! I’m still Po’ Pimpin like Do or Die said. In the past I spent much of my life trying either to revisit the past or always anticipating the future because it seemed to be more exciting. What I have come to realize that in between these two extremes is the many times the best peace and I need to enjoy that.
I run into so many people who have so much great things happening in their life now but they aren’t even enjoying the place and position they are in now. They want things to be so much like the past or look forward to things being better in the future that we take for granted what’s going on in our life now. We worry about the fact we don’t have our money/career in the right place, we aren’t married, we can’t do this or that. How about we enjoy the place we are now and understand that we want better but not to take for granted what we have standing right in front of us.We all go through things that just makes us want to get away and run and hide and that is natural for us as we navigate this game of life. Life can put us through so many changes but we have to enjoy the quest we have taken on in our lives. If we enjoy today it will also give us the strength to deal with the ills of the past to undertake the unexpected aspects of the future.
I challenge all of all to go out and start enjoying what is happening now in your life before those great things that are happening for your life are gone. Love and enjoy your life as much as you can now. Do the things you want to do(within legal means don’t just go on a Rick James weekend cocaine binge). If you don’t start enjoying today those experiences you aren’t enjoying now will become part of the past and you will end up back in the same cycle sitting there reminiscing like Mary J. Blige or constantly waiting for Tomorrow like Tevin Campbell or the orphan Annie.
Why be saddled with this thing called life expectancy? Of what relevance to an individual is such a statistic? Am I to concern myself with an allotment of days I never had and was never promised? Must I check off each day of my life as if I am subtracting from this imaginary hoard? No, on the contrary, I will add each day of my life to my treasure of days lived. And with each day, my treasure will grow, not diminish. ~Robert Brault
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