Celebrating The Now
A post popped up on my Instagram the other day that stopped me in my thumb-scrolling tracks and made me really reflect. The post was made by @hellomynameiswednesday (their whole instagram is an absolute dream full of colour and super positive, beautiful messages, worth a look!) and it said:
Remember that once you dreamed of being where you are now.
Woah. I know right, I wasn't prepared for that bombshell of positive reflection either. Being a student, knowing you're working so hard daily just to achieve the goal of your dream career/life, it is easy to be so focused on where you want to be that you forget to stop, look back and celebrate how much you've actually achieved so far. It's easy to be really caught up in feeling like you're somehow waiting for your life to start, some type of life which you talk about to your friends, 'I just can't wait to be earning a proper salary', 'I can't wait to own my own house', 'I can't wait to be able to go travelling and have long, fancy holidays', 'I can't wait to not have to deal with assignments anymore'... I'm not shaming anyone, because these are literally things I've heard myself saying time and time again.
The truth is, since I was about fourteen years old I have always been focusing on how much better things will be at various points in my future; when I was sixteen I couldn't wait to be able to drive, to experience all the freedom of being able to get in my car and go wherever I wanted, when I was seventeen and had my drivers licence and was lucky enough to have my own car, I couldn't wait to be eighteen and be able to join my sisters on their nights out, when I was eighteen I couldn't wait to start university and begin a new and exciting life... and now here I am, about to turn twenty-one, living in my own flat with two pets (who I adore), a lovely job, lucky enough to be studying a degree in a subject I couldn't be more passionate about, and I'm still looking forward to that future event. But that quote made me realise, if I spend my whole time looking forward, waiting for a 'happiness' created by all these potentials in my future, then I'm blinding myself from this wonderful, stressful, completely random life I am lucky enough to be living right now.
So, this is just a little reminder to give yourself time to reflect on where you are, who's around you and what you've achieved so far. Don't get me wrong, it's great to have dreams, aspirations and goals, they give us purpose and drive, but just don't forget your life is happening right now; embrace every moment and celebrate every achievement, no matter how big or small.