“For unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax. There is no point whatever in making plans for a future which you will never be able to enjoy. When your plans mature, you will still be living for some other future beyond. You will never, never be able to sit back with full contentment and say, “Now, I’ve arrived!” Your entire education has deprived you of this capacity because it was preparing you for the future, instead of showing you how to be alive now.”~ Alan Watts
From a very fragile age, we are told that we need to get prepared, to get the proper education, to follow a certain path in order to get ahead in life. We go to school so that we can go to college. We go to college so that we can get a job. We crave for success, so we look for ways to get a promotion, to become more successful, because we have to afford a certain lifestyle that we want for ourselves, and the list can go on and on.
If you think about it, there’s always something missing from your life, there’s always something else you need in order to feel happy. You are constantly looking for a better future for yourself and at this rate, who knows when you’ll be able to stop and fully enjoy the beauty of every single day, who knows when you’ll be able to start living in the now? When will you have enough so that you can actually sit back at enjoy yourself, enjoy life?
I guess that what I’m trying to say is that there’s nothing wrong with wanting a better future for yourself, wanting more for your loved ones, but take the time to stop and smell the roses, as they say. Take some time for yourself, love and nurture your Soul and your body, be kind to yourself and learn to enjoy the beauty of the present moment, because at the end of the day, that’s all you’ll be left with, not your belongings, not your job, but this very moment.
Alan Watts explains it so simple and so beautifully in this short inspiring video, so start living in the now, because if you’re not, you’re really gonna feel cheated out of life when you will wake up and realize that your whole life has actually passed you by.
You Are Here So Start Living in The Now