Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Be Happy in THIS Moment

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Do you ever get in to those funks when you just spend lots of time wishing your life was different? Lately, I've noticed, because my mom called attention to it, that I say multiple times a day "I wish my life was like that" or "They must have had so much more fun than we do now." Literally, I watch a movie about the 50s and I'll say how I wish I lived then, or the 70s, or the early 1900s. I realized that I spend so much time thinking about how much fun it would've been to live back then, but no matter how much I wish it, I will never be able to time travel back and try it out, and I'm sure they had problems of their own, anyway. I live in the 2000s and that's not changing. 
Maybe it's just me, but I have this sneaky feeling that some of you have felt this way. I think we are all looking for that thing that will change our lives and make us who we think we are supposed to be. I wish that I was vintage and hipster cool, but that will never be me. I wish that I had less anxiety and just went out and did things spur of the moment and went to crazy parties that I could tell my kids about, but I know that that option is always out there, if I decide that that's for me. In the end, maybe what makes us who we are is all the day to day awesome things we do that we think no one else appreciates. Maybe this thing we're all looking for doesn't really exist. Maybe what makes me awesome is my totally mixed taste in music or my dry wit, or the way that I always have a plan, a back up plan, and everything one may ever need in case of emergency.  
I think the main thing that seems so appealing to me is the carefree way people back then were portrayed…but apparently, the 70s and 80s weren't all one big laid back party (I know, they've lied to us all). I am the biggest hypocrite when it comes to appreciating every moment because really my whole life I've been waiting for my exciting, glamourous life to start. I remember watching my older sister and thinking when I turn 16 my life will be great…and then when I start college…and now when I get to England. But really, this is my life. And if I'm honest, I have it a lot better than a lot of people, and I need to start appreciating that. 
I spend so much of my time wishing that this year would move faster so I can get to England already, but I need to realize that I rushed high school to hurry and get to LSU. And now I'm at LSU and I really want to start having fun with that and cherishing this time because I'm sure that when I graduate, I'll want it back, much like I do with high school. 
I can't wait to start traveling and seeing the world and being spontaneous and actually do something crazy for once, but right now, I need to appreciate that this is the groundwork that will lead me there, and I can have fun with this part too. Life can't always be an exciting ball of fun, because then would you really appreciate it? 
I absolutely cannot wait to get to England and see and do lots of fun things, but until then, I am going to try and appreciate and take notice of all the great, fun things I can do at LSU. School starts Wednesday and I'm considering this my first homework assignment. #appreciation
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  1. I just to get really excited about the future, to the point of not really enjoying the right now. And the right now is the most important bit because it's happening and then it's gone. I think it comes with age, the expecting of the now and the letting of the future just happen.

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  2. I definitely get in a funk like what you're talking about pretty often. I graduated from college in May and things just haven't happened as I would like them to but I try to always remember that everything is for a reason, as cliche as it is and just appreciate all of the great things that I do have!

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  3. Great post! I, to, am the same way - always looks forward to what is yet to come. I couldn't wait to graduate high school and go to university, then I couldn't wait to graduate university and get a job, now I can't wait to buy a house and adopt a cat and a dog. There's always something that makes the future look more appealing but in the end, we often regret the time we spent daydreaming about it rather than enjoying the present. I would love to go back to my high school days now! But like you, I need to spend more time focused on the present rather than wishing for the past or the future.

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  4. I seriously think I just met my soul mate. lol You and I are so alike. I do these same things. You should read the posts I write around the 1st of January, before and after. I have struggled for SO long trying to just be happy with my OWN life and my OWN self. So don't feel alone.

    Sarah
    http://coffeeringsandsouthernthings.com/

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