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The Struggle of Living in the Moment

Deadlines. Vacation plans. Plane tickets. Meetings. Schedules. Events.

We all have a life list which looks something like that.

An indie author might have another list that looks like this:

Final revision, send to editor, pitch writing, release date, text formatting, contact Beta readers, etc …

I am constantly striving for something; I always have several dates in mind and a variety of projects which need to fit into my self-imposed indie world.

With so much going on between work and writing and family and summer plans, the NOW can easily get overlooked, and that’s a shame. Perhaps I’m the worst offender at this. Here I am at the moment writing a blog post about living in the moment but is my typing actually negating my words?

I remember a professor of mine being ask once if he was looking forward to some up and coming event in the future. I can’t remember the nature of the specifics, but I do very clearly remember what his reply was. “No, I don’t want to wish my life away.”

I have thought of that often all of these years. How many times have you heard, “Oh, it’s only Monday”, “I can’t wait for the weekend”, “summer can’t come fast enough”.

There is nothing inherently wrong with looking forward to or planning for future events. It’s a important and necessary part of modern life.

But if we are constantly looking into the future, perhaps we are missing the important items right in front of our nose.

I need to take my own advice sometimes and unplug. Do something fun with the family. Do something out of the ordinary. Talk to the neighbors. Enjoy the sunshine.

I’m fortunate enough to live just a stone’s throw away from the ocean. Sometimes I need to go sit and just ponder the ocean because someday I won’t be living here. I need to enjoy it while I can.

No matter where you live, you most likely have an ‘ocean’ in your life which one day won’t be there. How can you enjoy it today? How can we all succeed in living in the moment?