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Enjoy the present

“First I was dying to finish high school and start college. And then I was dying to finish college and start working. And then I was dying to marry and have children. And then I was dying for my children to grow old enough for school so I could return to work. And then I was dying to retire. And now, I am dying... and suddenly I realize I forgot to live.”


Life can be painful. It throws challenges in our path that can make or break us. It’s ok to stumble, it’s ok to fall, its ok to break and shatter, but it’s never ok to give up. No matter what, no matter the number of times you fall, pick yourself back up again. It is not a race; it is a journey. Everyone has a story. Sometimes it’s sad, sometimes it’s happy, other times it’s tragic. If you're lucky, it's all of the above. Your life is your story. Everyday a chapter is being written. Every day is a new day. A new chance to write the story you want because or despite of yesterday.

The reality is, we live in a society that teaches us to look forward to the future. We are thought to always look forward. And it helps. When things get though financially, we look forward to the next paycheck. When things get though emotionally, we are told that the passage of time heals all wounds. And it’s true, time helps to numb the pain. But why haven’t we been taught to stop and be grateful for the present? Why are we not taught to stop and just be? The constant worrying about the future makes us forget to enjoy the present.

So, I don’t know who to give credits to for these beautifully written words above, but, I think, as a society, we need to do better and being present for each and every moment. Let's also remember to not only look forward to the future, but also enjoy the present!

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