How to Think and Dream about the Future, while Appreciating Life Fully Right Now

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Repeat after me: “I don’t need to be anywhere other than where I am right now. I don’t need to be doing anything other than what I’m doing right now.”

We tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves. To do. To achieve. To pursue. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. We have responsibilities. There are things that need to get done. There are also things we want to do, experiences we long to experience, dreams we want to see become reality. But if we’re always in a space of reaching, we miss out on what’s happening right now. If we’re constantly in the pursuit of more, we miss out on experiencing everything that’s around us in this moment. Desire is natural. It’s inevitable. There will always be things we want that we don’t yet have. It’s an endless, flowing, ever-evolving unfolding. ⠀

This is why it’s so important to be able to settle into, and appreciate, the right here and right now. Our lives happen in the present moment. They only ever happen in the present moment. Life is filled with a series of present moments. Our past experiences happened in prior present moments. Our future experiences will occur in future present moments.⠀

Thinking, dreaming, and contemplating about the future are natural. They can even be beautiful, fulfilling, and energizing experiences. But we have to allow ourselves to think and dream about the future, while staying grounded in our right now. We have to be able to appreciate the lives we’re living, as we’re currently living them.⠀

Because once we reach that future moment, there will always be another future moment. When we achieve that dream, there will always be another dream. When we experience that thing we long to experience, there will always be something else we want to experience. There will always be an aspect of us longing for more. It’s natural, because we’re ever-evolving beings. Change is our constant. Evolution is our birthright. Our inherent nature is to learn and grow. ⠀

But we’re also living our lives—and only ever really living our lives—in this present moment. So, we have to find a way to live our lives fully and vibrantly, right here and right now. In this very present moment.