You’ll Never Be Happy Until You Learn To Live For The Now

Seth Doyle
Seth Doyle

Life is right now. Life is happening as I write this, as you read it, as you scroll past it on Facebook. This is life. Life is not some day. Life is not when you graduate high school, or college, life isn’t when you get married and start a family of your own. Life isn’t when you retire and think that is when you’ll have the time to travel and do everything you missed out on when you were young. Life is every second of every day.

Stop waiting for what’s next and start living for what’s now.

While you’re always waiting for the next big thing to happen you are missing what is in front of you. You are missing the relationships you could be building and improving on. You are missing the hidden treasures in your area that you have over looked all this time. You are missing the simple joys of everyday.

You have a job? So what. So do most people. If that isn’t your dream job you need to find the time to work towards your dream. That is what nights and weekends are for if you work 9-5 Monday through Friday. I know that doesn’t sound like fun, or maybe you claim you “don’t have the time,” but if you want something bad enough you will always make time. It might suck at first, you might want to quit putting in the effort, but if you quit you are only failing yourself and your dreams.

If there is one thing I can promise you, it is that there will always be more. After you finish that project that you’ve been diligently working on, there will be another one. After you pay one bill there will always be another one coming. There will always be new tasks ahead of you and that is life. Those things are part of life, that is not something that changes. It’s our mindset about these things that prevent us from being happy. We can’t put our lives and dreams on the back burner just because there will always be another task ahead.

When you want to succeed you will stop at nothing to get there. You will work hard; you will stay late and come early. You will skip lunch to keep going. When life tries to get in your way you don’t let it, you work around the obstacles and you push through the barriers.

Don’t let life pass you by only being partly engaged in it. Life is fucking incredible. There is no other way to put it. You have the freedom to go anywhere your heart desires, you have the possibility to become anyone you want and you have the opportunity to live out your dreams. The only thing stopping you, is you. Stop waiting for Friday, stop waiting for “tomorrow” and start living right now.

You will never be happier until you become happy with the way life is now, or acknowledge that you don’t want to live this way anymore and make the necessary changes. You’re never too old to start living a new dream or change your path. You might not always be able to put the car in reverse, but you can always change direction for the road ahead. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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