Whether you are relocating to Florida, or just preparing for your next big step in life, it’s those moments in between the big ones that you have to really stop and enjoy. A conversation with a wonderful friend inspired this post and how important it is to live in the moment- enjoy.
When we first had the idea to move, I remember very distinctly feeling like I was going to have a panic attack. It was getting real. Very real. All of a sudden I went from the life of the everyday ins and out to this major goal ahead of me, and it seemed like all of the “everyday things” became HUGE things in a blink of an eye.
Before you move, those moments that you may have taken for granted before seem like gold in your hands-at least they did for me. The normal lunches with Mom turned into “One of the last ones” and the trips over to my best friend Kelly’s house turned into the same kind of countdown in my head. People, it can simply drive you mad. So, one day I woke up out of the countdown mode and said to myself “Enjoy the moment, live in it, because one day these are what you will look back on.” Sounds simple enough right? Here is what I have found, MANY of us are too busy preparing for the NEXT moment that we completely skip over the awesome ones that happen every day to us.
I was in my own world yesterday, getting out of the house and having an adventure in Animal Kingdom when I got a text from Shelley she wanted to hang out that night. Not only do I LOVE something that was unplanned, but the unexpected times I get to share with any friend or family member makes me so incredibly happy. We enjoyed cupcakes on the Boardwalk, sitting by the water and just chatting away. I was so in the moment, it took everything in me not to burst into tears about how happy I was to hang out with such a great friend, but at a Disney Resort none the less. Could this really be our lives?
To live in the moment, you must put everything and everyone else away. To really enjoy and BE in that moment, you can’t be sitting on your cell phone texting others for the next moments, playing games that don’t matter, or simply just giving it zero attention. There is a time and place for everything, but if you are always giving your attention to the NEXT big thing, you will never really know what life’s enjoyment is all about. I have really started to make sure that when I play on my phone, it’s when I am all by myself and with no one else. I think it is entirely rude to sit on your phone in front of someone while you are spending time with them. It’s a distraction and I try to live by the “If I don’t like it, then probably someone else doesn’t like it too.” Like I said, we all need to learn there is a time and place for everything.
So it is my challenge to not only myself, but to all of you. Don’t take any of your moments for granted- LIVE in the moment while you read this, LIVE in the moment on your way to work, and LIVE in the moment that you simply have breath on this planet when many are just fighting to stay on it. Enjoy every single one, because you never know when it will be your last. God bless your day everyone!