The only place you can live life, is right here, and right now. Living life in the present requires effort, passion and patience.
You can always visit your memories of the days gone by, but you must live in the present. We all can learn lessons from past mistakes. You can even miss people you can no longer see. Just make sure you do not dwell on the past, longing for the way it once was. You cannot go back, you can only live, now, in this moment.
When you stay focused on the past you may become depressed, stuck in a rut and quite frankly, miserable. There are only memories there, not life. You cannot change the past, no matter how many times you try. It is written in the stone and hearts of all people. History has been recorded as a guide; a guide on what, and what not, to do. For better, or for worse, we are who we are because of our past.
Likewise, you cannot live in the future. You can dream of what you wish the future to be but the only way to make things happen is now, in the present. Many factors come into play that can change the future. You have to adapt as these things happen. It is one thing to plan, it is another to focus so far in front of you that you miss what is happening right in front of you.
It is always, and ever will be right now. The above sentences that you just read are now in your past. You consumed them and are moving forward, always, while remaining in the present. It is the one constant that you have.
So, if it is always now, shouldn’t you give it your very best? You are in the process of making memories, of making history. A history, that when others look back at, will be a marker for how you lived your life. Make it a marker you can be proud of. Dream your dreams, work on your goals, love your family. These are all things that you can do in the present.
Don’t live in the past, nor try and live just for the future. Remember, and envision, but remain grounded in the present. You will find that you are much happier when you are living life in the present.