I spent so much of my youth mopey, depressed, worried about boys and stupid stuff that was so trivial and didn't matter. I let these things get in the way of how much fun I really could have been having. As I look back now, I don't remember which guy broke my heart, or which friend was pissing me off that day, I remember the good times we had, and the fun we had in each moment, that is what you take with you.
That being said, I STILL do this to this day. I never live in the moment, I'm constantly trying to get to the next moment, and I don't realize the joy that is happening all around me. I worry about stupid stuff and make myself miserable in every situation. If I only had this I would be happy....well then I get that and I'm still NOT satisfied...If I can only do this THEN I will be content. If I continue in this reckless pattern my life will have flashed by me and I will have missed out on what is truly important, and that is living in the moment.
If I could learn to live in the moment, I wouldn't worry about tomorrow. I would not worry if the house was clean or the dishes were done. I wouldn't be thinking about having to go to school next week, or getting the laundry done. This is not to say let everything go, but if I learned to live in the moment, I'd drop that laundry basket for thirty minutes and wrestle in the living room with my kids. If I could learn to live in the moment, I wouldn't worry if the kids spill koolaid on the carpet because they are only little for such a brief time.
“Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going”