I am very excited to announce that today is the first installment of a new series for Nourish, entitled Future Friday. Our team has a fabulous member named Arin, who is currently a college student heading toward what we call ‘adulthood.’ As an ‘adult’ myself, I regularly question what being a ‘grown-up’ means and if anyone ever actually feels like they’re an ‘adult.’ I also really feel like someone should teach a class on adulting; and if any of your know of a class like this, where do I sign up? As the very forward-thinking Arin embarks on this journey to adulthood, she’s graciously going to share her thoughts, feelings, advice, and wisdom with us every other Friday...which I think is pretty rad.
I have always been the type of person to plan ahead, much further than necessary, and at times I forget to simply live in the moment. Maybe it’s just me, but in talking to others it seems as though I’m not the only one. My generation has been told to prepare for success, get ahead, etc, and I think this may be causing us to be so wrapped up in the next step that we forget to just enjoy the step we are on.
As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” But maybe we don’t need to reach out for newer experiences until we have been satisfied fully with the ones in the present.
I found studying abroad last year to be my wake up call to just enjoy the moment. I had the opportunity to travel for a month following the program before I had to be back at school and spending bits of time in a handful of new cities, I tried to make the most of each second I had. Sure, I knew that someday I’d head back, but I also knew that the experience would never be quite the same.
One of my favorite song lyrics is by an artist named Ben Rector and it goes “life is not the mountain tops, it’s the walking in between.” Sure he is talking about a relationship in the song, but that lyric in particular has been posted around my room for a few years and serves as a daily reminder to appreciate what I’m doing that day. Granted I still plan for the future, but I try not to let it consume me.
I challenge you to spend the next week really living in each moment, the good and the bad, and see what you may have been missing. Simple tip: Just keep your eyes up and pay attention to your surroundings as you drive or walk to work.