Live in the Moment
“Teach me to number my days
And count every moment
Before it slips away
Take in all the colors
Before they fade to grey
I don’t want to miss
Even just a second
More of this”
On a random day, when I was listening to my random song playlist, I heard those words. Then it suddenly hit me hard, and made me think, “Do I really live in this moment, right now?”
Ask yourself the same question. If you think about it, you’d be surprised, most of your answers would be “no”. Because, you like it or not, we all live in the past that we can’t change or in the future we cannot see yet. Time is passing, it’s passing this very moment when you’re reading this. Second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, it passes. After listening to this song “Blink” by the group “Revive”, I came to realization, how many moments I have missed those past years of my life of 21 years. We’re all engrossed in our routine lives, waking up in the morning, go to college or school or to work, and then come back home, eat, sleep and then repeat. There are things that we do every-day out of habit and we lose sight of the everyday ordinary little things in life. When you think back at 10 years ago, you’ll remember the things you’ve done, what you’ve gained and lost. But those ‘things’ are not the ones you’d remember, it’s the feeling you felt in those exact moment. We all hold onto these moments in time which passes by.
Life isn’t getting easier as we grow, but does it really have to be so complicated? Remember the time when you were so small? You weren’t worrying about your appearance, reputation or your grades or relationships. All you had to worry about was “will Tom catch Jerry ever?” Remember the time when you ran along the streets, without a care in the world? Those were the moments we felt alive and now, in these busy lives of ours, that feeling has been lost in time.
Sometimes we face very hard situations in life and they might be unexpected. Life can’t be lived according to a previously planned strategy, for it is unpredictable and we can’t guarantee what will happen the next second. Even we plane everything beforehand, something can go wrong. That’s why this very moment is important. We may be thinking all the time about what we have done before or what should be doing in the future. Who you want to be, how much you’ve gonna earn and so on. But have you ever thought about what life actually is? It’s simple. Life is what’s happening now, this very second is your life. And if you miss it and time past, poof… it’s gone. You can’t get it back or change what you’ve done or missed in that moment.
“It happens in a blink, it happens in a flash
It happens in the time it took to look back
I try to hold on tight, but there’s no stopping time
What is it I’ve done with my life?”
Breathe… Look around, and find those beautiful little things that makes you smile from inside. How many of you enjoy the walk in the street? Notice the way trees dance in the breeze?, and the chirps of birds and the fresh smell of wet earth in the mornings… yes, those are a few of little things you have forgotten to feel, to remember and to live. Don’t let overthinking ruin your happiness, smile more, help more and live more… You will surely be happy when your life flashes in front of your eyes after like another 50 years and realizing, all those moments you cherished and enjoyed, are what you call your life journey.
“Slow down…. Slow down…
Before today becomes your Yesterday…
Slow down… slow down…
Before you turn around and it’s too late…”
Smile to a stranger, tell someone that they’re beautiful, make someone’s day and never do something you’ll regret… At last remember this small quote from a Persian philosopher Omar Khayyam, “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”