Are you always living somewhere where you are not? Do you live in the moment or do you spend your days worrying about the future? Are you constantly wanting something more?
The social norms that tell us to constantly live for tomorrow have missed one incredibly important truth.
We can only ever be here and in the now.
Planning for the future should never trump your ability to enjoy the now. But unfortunately, how many of us do not live in this way?
How many of us work 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16 or even 18 hour days not because we love what we do, but because we are planning for the future?
It's just for this one week we tell ourselves. Or one month. Or maybe 1 year? Or maybe just for the next 10 years?
The sleep can wait. So can the vacations, the experiences, our families and our friends.
Then one of two things happen. You reach your goal. Or you don't.
But how much time did you lose in the process?
How many experiences were lost?
How big were the sacrifices you had to make?
The Truth is in Balance
We should all know that it's important to go to sleep each night with a dream so that we can walk up each morning with a purpose.
But know that in all of this, in life, there is no guarantee that you will enjoy your tomorrow.
AND there is one more undeniable truth...
The things you neglect most in life are the things that don't last. Your health. Your family. Your friends.
Find your balance. Go outside in the sunshine today. Go for a walk with the one you love. Call that close friend you haven't spoken to in years. Get a full nights sleep. Take care of your body. Treat it like a temple.
Because someday, in a tomorrow not so far away, it will be all gone.
Live Fully Now - Alan Watts
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