Living In The Moment
Living in the moment, what does that mean? I feel like we’ve heard this same trope in every film, tv show, and book since the existence of us consuming content. It’s something I personally never really thought of until recently. I feel like since 2016 I’ve put my head down and just lived in the future. It was always a matter of “I’m working for that” instead of “I’m working for now”. Of course it’s smart to know the scope of your future in some degree but it shouldn’t be the only thing you are set on. Since living in LA I’ve felt like it’s just been an autopilot life. I always look back at living in Chicago and how connected I was to that city. I walked everywhere, took the train, had a community. I feel like having those things force you to live in the moment and appreciate what you have. There has been a period of my life where I’m feeling either a lack of inspiration or just not into the city. It’s been weighing me down and seeking a new environment seems like the best fit., Getting back to a state of appreciating where I’m at instead of only thinking about where I’m going
As someone who loves the city and fast paced lifestyle, NYC only makes sense. Chicago will always be the #1 city in my heart but I feel like living there again will take away it’s priceless value in my mind. Chicago is a place I use to break away from the routine and just relax. Moving back there would take away that feeling and it would just become where I live again. The idea of getting back to the community environment really excites me. I think that’s what I’ve been missing here in LA. I’ve met some of my closest friends here but we are all spread out across the city. It’s not a tight knit world. We spend more time in our cars than with each other. That’s something I wanna change.
Quarter Life Crisis
I feel like I’m making a joke when I say I feel old and feel like I’m running out of time (at 23) but it’s true. I know I won’t be able to just get up and move whenever or wherever in 10 years. I don’t want to look back at wish I would’ve moved to NYC in 2019. I already life with a micro regret of not appreciating living in the Chicago when I did. This move is almost a mental adjustment of my move to Chicago in 2014. I feel like we don’t realize the freedom we have as creatives to choose our environment for the most part. Why should we settle for one place? Why not see what multiple cities are like? There is no reason to just sit back and be comfortable when there is so much out there and so many more experiences to have. That’s the big defect about my generation. We are stuck in this social media phase and are glued to our phone that we don’t look up and smell the flowers. I know a lot of kids in their 20’s who are gonna regret being so indulged on what is on their screen instead of what experiences are being seen through their actual eyes. I just want to be able to look back and be happy I lived how I wanted to live and saw everything I physically could. We have one life, I don’t want to go not knowing I didn’t live it.
Live Your Life
It’s a strange world when you are in your mid 20’s. When I was 18 I didn’t think anything about the distant future, I just lived my life. There is something so special about how brains and mindsets when we are young that I will we never lost. We have no sense of reality. We do what makes us happy and that’s it, we live a simple life. As we get older we try and complicate things just because we think we should. I see why minimalists are so happy. They have a free mind, they aren’t stuck in this mindset of wanting to impress people with meaningless trends or weave in and out of personalities just to blend in. I feel like our individualism is what makes us who we are and what dreams we create for ourselves. Doing things out of our comfort zone is what makes us grow. Welcoming fear and taking risks is something few want to do, but we all have to pursue it if we want to see results. We don’t find happiness without finding failure first. I’d encourage whoever reads this to look at your life and really think about your true happiness and if you are living that. If you aren’t living for yourself, then who are you living for?