Why are we so eager to get to that next chapter in our life? Why are we constantly waiting for that next thing to happen? That trip, to finish school, to find love, or just for the weekend. We are in such a rush to get to those life milestones that we forget to enjoy where we are right now.
So my question is, why is everyone in such a hurry to rush through life?
I used to LIVE for the weekend. Monday to Thursday, I would wake up each morning counting down the days until Friday. Don’t get me wrong; we can all agree that the weekend is the best, BUT when your week is only consumed by this thought, and you are so keen to get there, you are essentially throwing away the other four days.
There may be certain events or a trip coming up that you can’t wait for, but when you put all your time and energy into it, you forget to enjoy where you are right now. You are missing out on the journey.
When I bought my visa for Australia last February, I wasn’t planning on leaving Canada until November. That’s ten months. Ten months I was only thinking about the trip.
And don’t get me wrong, planning is always helpful, but it’s not until now that I look back at those last days and months with my family and friends and I took them all for granted. I was so caught up in the future and how my life was going to be that I often forgot to live in the moment. To really BE with my family.
The number one thing that I have learned, and I encourage everyone is to learn to slow down. What do your mornings look like?
Do you wake up, quickly get ready while drinking your coffee, pop some bread in the toaster, put on your shoes, and leave the house with your toast in hand? Maybe you were rushing so much that you forgot to put mascara on and didn’t even realize until you got to work?
No … well, I’ve done that. This rushing in the morning has increased your stress level because your mind is bouncing back and forth between everything that you need to get done. Multitasking is viewed as something that boosts productivity and helps get stuff done faster, but I disagree. Multitasking is a myth.
When you focus your attention on just one task, you will become more productive and less stressed. Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier than you usually would and go through your morning routine mindfully, from brushing your teeth to getting changed to having that first sip of coffee.
Instead of trying to do five things at once, focus your attention on one specific thing. When you have your lunch at work, eat slowly and taste the food. Dedicate that time to eating your lunch instead of gulping it down while scrolling through Instagram and sending memes to your friends. If you walk to work, leave the house 15 minutes earlier instead of speed walking and rushing through the streets.
Take your time, slowly walk, and appreciate your surroundings.
These small moments that you usually rush through are maybe what you look back on at the end of your day and give you so much joy and happiness. Maybe on your walk to work, you saw a cute dog (UGH jealous!) Maybe because you really focused on your makeup, you noticed it looks much better, and you finally perfected your winged eye.
They may be small moments, but it’s not until you stop and smell the roses that you begin to understand that they are what make life so great. Life is not a race – enjoy every moment.
What Does Happiness Mean To You?
This quote is so cliché … I know. BUT it’s so fucking true. Life is short, and you don’t know what’s going to happen in a week, a month, or a year.
We need to enjoy every moment, and every day as it comes. It’s a good day to have a good day – get this in your mindset every morning. UGH, I LOVE THAT QUOTE.
Every day is a new day and a unique opportunity for you to have the best day of your life. To step into the unknown, to do something new, and to do something that sparks your soul. Start seeing the joy in everything, even those small moments. There’s so much more to life than that trip, concert, or that girls weekend away. YAY, they are all going to be fucking sick but appreciate those moments when they come – when you are there physically enjoying it.
You are missing out on life and all the greatness that is happening right in front of you right now. Why is everyone in such a hurry to rush through life when right now is great.
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