It's something that I wish I had learned earlier in life, because it would have saved me a lot of stress and anxiety.
You see, as humans, we tend to think that we live in time, which is divided into past, present, and future. We think that our past defines us, and our future determines us.
But the reality is, there is no such thing as time. Time is just a concept that we use to measure change. It's not real.
The only thing that is real is NOW. The only thing that matters is THIS moment. Life is always happening in the now.
Look at animals. Look at children. Look at nature. They don't worry about the past or the future. They just live in the present.
But many of us are not living in the present. Many of us are living in our heads, thinking about what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow.
This means we are not fully engaged with life. We are not taking action in the present, which is the only way we can create our reality.
I used to be like that. I used to think that happiness was something that would come later, when I achieved certain goals or milestones.
When I get a six pack, then I'll be happy.
When I graduate from college, I'll have a better life.
When I turn 30, everything will make sense.
When I master the piano, then I'll feel accomplished.
When I earn a certain amount of money, then all of my problems will go away.
But guess what? None of that happened. Even when I reached those goals, I still felt unsatisfied. Then, I started to project more into the future.
I realized what I was doing: I was postponing my happiness for some imaginary future that may never come.