Every day, people go through life thinking about what they have due next week or what they’re doing next weekend. We live our lives on the fast-track. We go to school, fill up our schedules, and look towards the future. Planning ahead is a good thing but a lot of us spend so much time looking towards the future that we forget to live in the present. In the wise words of Dr. Seuss, “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Take a breath and live for today, for the now.
Senioritis is a legitimate “disease”. I first started feeling its effects way before I even entered 12th grade and now that I am actually a senior, it’s only gotten worse. I’ve applied to college. I’ve loaded up my Pinterest with cute pictures of dorm décor ideas. (I actually spend way too much time doing this) and I’ve essentially narrowed down which clothes I absolutely have to take with me to college and which clothes I’ll be leaving here. As soon as I get the college decision letters, I’ll be ready to book it out of here. But I also have to remember that for now, I’m here. It’s not time for all of that yet and if I keep obsessing about the future, I’ll miss what’s right in front of me.
It’s senior year. It’s supposed to be the best year of high school. We’re the oldest and the wisest. We’re on top. We get the special privileges. Prom. Driving. Senior Pranks. Best seats at the football games. We rule the school. It’s our time to stand out, to have fun. If we spend too much time looking forward to the future, we’ll miss the present. We’ll miss the very best year of high school and we’ll never get it back.
So next time you find yourself on Pinterest spending hours planning your perfect dorm or college wardrobe or thinking too far into the future, put it all aside for a minute and think. If you’re sitting there, planning the future when you could be making a memory, go make that memory. Go out with your friends. Give advice to the freshman. Heck, study to get the grades you want to get an award or a scholarship.
Just remember that it’s the little choices we make every day that get us to where we end up. No one explicitly decides to feel like they missed out. It’s the offers we didn’t take and the memories we didn’t make that make us regret things. And regret is pointless. We have the power to live amazing, full lives. That doesn’t start when we get to college or get the perfect job or settle down with the perfect spouse. It starts right now, with the choices we make today. So fill your life with good people, good choices, and good times. You won’t regret that.
Planning for the future is a necessary part of life. It prepares us for what to expect and increases our excitement. Just sometimes, remember to take a breath and pay attention to the here and now. As Wayne Dyer says, “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” The future isn’t guaranteed to everyone. It’s even more reason to savor each and every day. Don’t let life pass you by, rather live it to the fullest extend possible. You don’t want to look back on your high school years as an adult and think of all the fun things you could have done but didn’t. So do them. Live for the here. Live for right now.