A Quick Word on Living in the Moment

2:13 PM



Time flies. I feel like it was yesterday when I was desperately trying to fit everything into two suitcases and move away. Yet here I am, seven months later.

So many things can change in a short span of time. You can grow up in a way you never expected. You suddenly realize you can live with a lot less, you trust strangers, new acquaintances become your family. You let go off of things you thought you couldn't be without. But with freedom often comes uncertainty. What does the future hold?

We can have dreams and plans but things don’t always work out the way we think. Instead of dreading in the past -which we cannot change- and obsessing about the future -which we can’t totally control- we need to live more in the present.

Frequently, we miss out on things for obsessing over what will happen. We stop doing what we want because of the "what if something better comes along?". Next thing we know, we end up losing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities because we were too worried to risk a little. It is true that we regret more what we didn't do than what we do. 

I've learned to be riskier, not precisely in the way I would have wanted to, but I did. See, the thing with life is that lessons are often learned in ways that hurt, that mark us forever. I've learned to see the good in everything and to accept that I can’t control every little detail. Yes, I still get stressed but I overcome it faster, better.

If you're having no idea what the future holds, you're not alone. In fact, most of us who think we have our life planned, don’t really do.

Don't lose sight of the future, but keep your feet (and heart) in the present.

Until next time,
Krystel

P.S. Here's a photo of my most recent "living in the moment" experience: a last-minute trip to Munich to attend the Champions League match, Bayern-Real Madrid. Even though my team lost (and I was heartbroken for 3 weeks) I don't regret going. If I move back to America, chances are I won't be able to do this again, at least not in the near future. 

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