Far more often than not, our minds are set on the future..
What will I be doing next week? Where can I go on the weekend? I wish the next few weeks would hurry up so I can finally be on holidays… and it goes on and on and on.
Plans are great, do not get me wrong, forward thinking is a wonderful thing, as wonderful as holidays and dreams and aspirations… however, what is not so wonderful, is to be wishing the present away for these things.
I think we sometimes need to pull the reins back a bit, to slow down to a pleasant trot, instead of galloping full speed through to the next ‘plan’.
I, myself have been making it my daily mission to try and throw myself a curve ball. To slam myself out of my robotic – up, shower, ready, work, home, cook, study, read, sleep routine and by a curve ball, I don’t mean anything dramatic. I just mean I try and steer myself out of normal programming for a while. I go for a walk, I make some jewellery, I take my camera outside, I pick up a different book, I call an old friend. It feels like a re charge and a step away from ‘the plan’ and to slide away from the mundane and actually ENJOY my day.
To be able to lay my head down on my pillow at night with a smile of gratitude, to myself, to the universe, that I have been granted the opportunity to ride through another day. That is what I want.
I feel like the reason we dream away our days and long for the weekend, or the holiday or something else, something more, is because we are all so stuck in our day to day… We don’t mix it up enough; we don’t throw ourselves enough ‘curve balls’. We are too busy dreaming of the future instead of focusing on the here and now, what we have in front of us at this very moment.
Of course sometimes, if it’s a really strenuous day in the office, I find myself creeping towards the thoughts of “HURRY UP TIME, MOVE FASTER”.. but quicker than before, I will pull those reins back. I will give myself a time out, I will read an inspiring blog post, I will hit YouTube for a favourite song, I will go for a quick walk and take some massive deep breaths.. anything to just flick that mindset back and make myself grateful for that moment, for the day.
The reality is, we are all dying, every.single.day, and I know those are some really stone cold hard words to read… but these are the words that stick with me and drive me and push me to try my hardest to be absolutely present every day, and to try and make positive use of my days instead of wishing them away.
I know it may be easier said than done, but it just really frustrates me when people are always talking about the future and skimming rocks over the here and now, but I just want people to take stock of every day for their sake, not mine.
Pull those reins back, let the horse drink a while.