“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” ― Henry David Thoreau
The human race is a curious life form. We tend to live in the past or in the future, forgetting about living in the moment. All other animals live in the moment. They are not focused on the past or their future, they are living in the moment. Probably because they recognize the fact that their history is irrelevant and their future is not guaranteed. So, why do we humans focus so much on things we can’t control? Are we really any different?
Every day on this planet is an opportunity to enjoy life. Each day is an opportunity you will never, ever get back. I’ll do it tomorrow turns into I’ll do it next week. I’ll do it next week turns into I’ll do it next month and so on. You are not guaranteed the rest of the day, much less hoping for tomorrow, next month, or next year. We tend to put things off until one day we are sitting in our rocking chairs looking back on our lives with enormous regret.
Find the good in each day. Focus on the opportunities to create memories each and every day. Stop making excuses for not doing something. If you are too tired, then more reason for you to get off your ass and do it. Remember, it is not about material things you obtain in life, it is about experiences you share with those you care about in your life. The memories of all those experiences are all we leave behind. Don’t live your life with regret.
I recently wrote an article titled, “Finding Happiness Through Bigfoot.” Silly title but also quite accurate. I was sitting in the recliner with my son watching Bigfoot videos. We would debate which videos were real or fake. We started reading the comments and laughed til we were in tears. I was unemployed looking for work and really stressed out at the time. That moment with Bigfoot made me forget about my circumstances and enjoy the moment with my amazing son.
That was a perfect example of living in the moment. I was happy, even if it was just for a brief period. It didn’t matter that I was unemployed. I was happy enjoying the moment with my son. Happiness is not a byproduct of circumstances; happiness is a choice regardless of circumstances. We will never forget our moment with Bigfoot. Something ridiculous turned into one of the greatest life lessons I have ever learned. Go find your Bigfoot moment.