|Evidence of my spontaneity (please excuse the scruffy handwriting)|
When we are spending so much time (and energy) focussing on the future, what does that mean for our present?
What are we missing when we are trying to meticulously plan the right course of action or what we should do in the future? We're missing time with our family. We are missing time with our friends. Instead of being in that moment there with them, ours minds are elsewhere thinking of what we should be doing.
Precious time that could be spent with those dear to us, who at any time could leave our lives, is wasted and all because we're too preoccupied with making sure that a moment or a decision that we have yet to experience is perfect.
We spend so much time focussing on planning the future to perfection- too scared to make a mistake- that we miss out on the fleeting moments that come into our lives.
Now, I'm not saying not to plan for the future at all! It is important to think things through sometimes but when overanalysing each little thing means missing out on the here and now it really isn't worth it, especially when more often than not those plans that we try to make for the future don't go the way we plan.
Sometimes, the best way to make the most of your future and avoid any mistakes or regrets is to make the most of the present. Why? Because it is the memories that you make in the present, it is the memories that you make when you just go for things- when you just give it a go and see what happens- that you tend to look back on fondly or with a lesson learnt.
These moments aren't made from overthinking or calculating each move before it's made.
They're made by just willing to be there and taking it all in.