Student Opinion: Live in The Moment to Find Happiness
Updated: Mar 5, 2020
By Lyndsey Peace, Editor-in-Chief
Yesterday I saw a quote that stated, “People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness.”
It is sometimes easy to live life in wait of the next new and exciting milestone. We look forward to the future and what will become of our lives. And while this isn’t necessarily a bad way to live, it can become dangerous when we start to neglect the present. When we get caught up in what will happen in the future, we forget to cherish the here and now.
When you are dissatisfied with your life, it can be easy to blame your unhappiness on something you’re missing — some missing piece from the checkbox of what you think your life should look like. I hear a lot of people say, “My life will begin when…” Then they finish the statement with a qualifier, like “when I graduate college” or “when I get married” or “when I finally turn 21 years old”.
We spend so much time imagining how great our lives will be in the future that it can cause us to view our current life as mediocre. This can be on a larger scale, but it can also be on a smaller scale.
For example, when Monday morning rolls around, a lot of people are filled with dread and they can’t wait for the weekend. They view the weekend as exciting and the time when they can finally have fun. Monday - Thursday are seen as filler days and are treated like a necessary toll to pay before reaching Friday. But if we view our week like this, we are wasting it away.
I know some days of the week are more fun because people are off from work or off from school. But we don’t have to view our filler days as mundane just because we may have more responsibilities on those days. We can choose to carve out exciting moments in each day.
Go to the zoo on a Monday afternoon. Have a milkshake with a friend on a Wednesday evening. Have a family game night on a Thursday. Do something fun and do it now instead of waiting for the weekend.
Make the most out of every day and stop waiting around for your life to start. You are in charge of your days, your weeks and your years. So, don’t let your life pass you by while you’re waiting on the next big thing. Take advantage of the special moments in your day-to-day life and find happiness in the life you’re living right now. Cherish the Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of your week and your life.