Lately I've been thinking a lot about the concept of time, and how everyone seems to fall into one of three categories. First there are the dwellers-those people who are are constantly reliving certain points in the past. This isn't necessarily a negative thing; they relish the good memories they are clinging to, as well as the bad. These people tend to learn from their mistakes, but they also have a hard time with growth and change. Next, there is the group who is completely engaged with the present. These people enjoy their lives, but sometimes make rash and illogical decisions. They don't think of the consequences, or learn from the mistakes of the past-the now is all that matters.
Lastly, there is the category that I fall into-the future fixator. My tendency to live for the future is a huge part of what makes me who I am-it gives me drive, and vision, and inspires me to have a neverending series of goals to work toward. However, it also means that I can't fully enjoy the now, because I'm always looking for the next thing.
As always, balance is key. Today I'm going to take some time to focus on the present and enjoy what is happening at this very moment, rather than obsessing on the next upcoming thing that might make me happy. After all, the present and past are the only certainties; when you depend on the future for fulfillment, you never know if disappointment is ahead. Happiness is fleeting, and today I'm going to be sure to embrace it as much as I can and just be in the moment.