Embrace the Moment

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” -Jim Carrey

 Happiness is right in front of our eyes. It is staring us in the face, but we’re so distracted with life that we become depressed, angry, dissatisfied and much more. We’re chasing the American Dream, but the American Dream is not my dream. It limits our happiness to material possessions and creates a faint light in the distance. It always keeps us waiting for something.  Waiting for the right moment to be happy. For some it’s the weekend, for others it’s the next vacation and for most it is retirement. Yet we always find some way to put off our Happiness.

As a teenager I am asking myself, do I really want to travel down this road. There has to be some other way, a different road to happiness. Just think about the quote by Jim Carrey above, being successful doesn’t make you happy. It merely gives you a burst of excitement that last for a week at the most and then dissipates at the blink of an eye. Nothing lasts forever, at least nothing that we’re currently chasing.

There is some other way. It’s about embracing the moment. Embracing what’s right in front of you. Sometimes we just need some alone time to sit and embrace the present moment. Listen to the bird’s chirp, or the wind rustle. Feel the sensations streaming throughout your body. They can bring you a sense of inner satisfaction that you’ve never felt before.

This is something that you can always lean back on. Through the good and the bad times. Through the up’s and the down’s. If practiced correctly, it can bring you lasting happiness in your life.

So Embrace the Moment. Don’t run from it.

The first step to a happier, more mindful life is this:  find time throughout your day to relax and forget about all your worries. Become your senses. Embrace the sights, sounds, aromas, and internal feelings of the present moment.

The phone experiment

In my the last 1-2 years, I have lived without a smartphone. I had a trac-phone for most of the time. The reason I didn’t want a phone was because I thought that I would get too distracted on it and waste too much time on it. So I was always looking around at everyone buried into their phone while people were trying to talk to them. This made me realize many things.
People don’t realize how much they are on their phones. People can never enjoy the peace and quiet anymore. They have to be occupied in every second of their life. If they have noticed that when people are bored or the have nothing to do, they will immediately go to their phones looking for the next rush of dopamine.

The phone epidemic has gotten out of hand. In some cases people will be trying to start a conversation with someone they know just to see them buried in their phone and completely tuning them out. People are communicating via text messaging and less and less by face to face interaction. This is becoming a problem.

Recently I got a smartphone, for the first few months I was using it the way I planned. Using it only for productive things not just to use up my time. But lately I have noticed myself being engulfed by the phone epidemic. I have been using my extra time one it and not getting as many things done. So I am writing this post to get myself back on track and hopefully help you to realize first hand what I have realized.

While I was writing this article I just deleted all my games on my phone. I am going to start using my phone more wisely again and I hope you will too.