Personal Reflection

On Living In The Present Moment

Yesterday is over. Tomorrow isn’t here yet. All we have is today. And And even though right now may not be great or even good, we only have this very moment.

I tend to jump between obsessing over the past or worrying about the future instead of focussing on the present.

It’s not easy to be here. It’s easier to look back at the past when the now gets too difficult, believing things were simpler back then. Or to look ahead, hoping circumstances will get better.

The present moment isn’t usually so bad. In the moment, conditions seem worse than they are.

I concentrate so much on small details that don’t even matter rather than looking at the bigger picture.

While I love what I do, I’m not always present when writing or reading. I try to be, but some days, I get distracted by my own thoughts. Working on a story that excites me or curling up with a great book helps.

I don’t meditate much these days. I do want to be more mindful though. I think there are times where it’s OK to reflect on yesterday or last year. Likewise, it’s fine to anticipate the days and months to come.

I feel like the older I get, the harder it is to live fully in the present. When life gets busier, it’s even harder to enjoy the moment. I think more about arriving at my destination than appreciating my journey.

I want to slow down or even stop at times. I can’t drop everything, but a day or two away won’t hurt.

I ought to relax, take my time. I have a tendency to rush through everything. Then again, I believe some things can’t be rushed. Art, for example. At the very least, they shouldn’t be.

I’m trying my best to live in the present moment. I’ll never get another moment just like it, so I need to make the most of today.

8 thoughts on “On Living In The Present Moment

  1. I love this post! I feel exactly the same sometimes… and for me, I have a bad tendency to get distracted whilst writing – I am in the middle of writing a story/blog post and then immediately I think of another idea for a story/blog post and it distracts me from my original plan. I jot down ideas frequently. This is the sign of a typical writer I know but sometimes I annoy myself with it. I need to focus more on the job at hand and stop flitting!

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    1. Aw, I hear you. Sometimes when I’m working on a story, I’ll think of a new idea and abandon my current work in progress. It’s a bad habit. I hope you get better at focusing and staying in the present moment. At times, I have to remind myself to concentrate. Best of luck!

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  2. I 100% feel the same way. I do this all the time. I actually recently made a list in my journal “25 things to do during 25” since my birthday is coming up. With yours tomorrow (it’s the 21st as I write this) maybe consider doing something similar? It’s a bucket list of some sorts but it won’t be the end of the world if I don’t complete all 25 tasks. Some tasks are simply to surround myself with good friends more often or make more time for them. You know, just be in the moment.

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    1. Oh my god. I just wrote a “21 goals for 21 year old me” post yesterday. Ah, I love that we’re on the same page. I can’t believe my birthday is tomorrow. It’s starting to sink in. Good luck with all those goals!

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