The Splendor of Now — How We Ended Up Living in the Future
When I think of my childhood (and to be honest that wasn’t that long time ago), I always remember a summer day. I don’t know why, maybe this is the way that my brain works, but I envision a summer day with ice cream, books, trees, visiting my grandparents and a lot of free time, as if the heat (in Romania, summers can be extremely hot) dilated the time giving me all the chances that I needed to be happy and savor all the opportunities that I had and might have missed in order to have a great childhood, a childhood to remember. One might say that those were other times, dark times if you asked the kids that were born having a smartphone, or happy times, concentrated on human interaction if you ask people born before the technology boom, but both of them can agree on the word other.
How did we end up being in a continuous search for time?
How come time is not enough for us?
Firstly, there is a general saying that all of us hear almost daily: Nowadays one has so many opportunities. That’s the thing! One has so many opportunities that one is a total fool if it doesn’t take them. Opportunities have made us cope easier with failure — you can always have a second or third chance (not that many people take it even though it is right there for them), but it isn’t that productive when it comes to us making our mind about what we want to do with our life. We continually take new challenges and seek opportunities because our society sees us as fools if we don’t take advantage of it. We spend too much times taking opportunities instead of focusing on what we want and what we want to do with our lives. This made us search desperately for more time and we began planning because we don’t want to miss a thing. We grab all that we get from life. This is another thing we are encouraged to do — a cynical view on life, if you ask me.
And planning is what this post in really about. We began planning in order to have more time and we went so far that we began having plans in the long term. This is not a bad idea, if you ask me. I am one of the people that have a long term plans, that is ok with all the events that come along and I go with the flow sometimes, but my long term plan is there (a very indefinite there) and even though I don’t think of it as a plan, it is something that guides my existence. And I don’t consider myself so special and I think that also other people have such a plan and can relate to me.
The simple notion of a plan brings us in the future. The result of a plan is always in the future, it is a goal that we work/run towards. I think that made us live in the future and acknowledge the importance of our future. But what is the future without a past, in this case, the past being this now, this present that we don’t think of? The now is a notion that we don’t think of, because it happens simultaneous with our momentary toughs that are quite often and also involuntarily focused on the future. We take present for granted and never think of the splendid now. Now, this moment, has been taken from us by our plans that apparently will bring us joy. But NOW, now is the time we don’t think of, that we don’t cherish that often. We sometimes feel down and that unconsciously is linked with our expectations of the future. We are in a rush and we don’t take time to enjoy the present.
We began somehow living in a projection of the future. We do things for our future, we project more than we live and after that we feel tired of continuously giving our best to make something that will (pump up some uncertainty, double the normal dose that this verb has) happen work and that we might not enjoy that much because constantly thinking of it diminishes the pleasure of accomplishment and the urge of another projection is there… We project again. And again. Again.
I continuously read my post while writing it because I wanted a fluency of ideas in it. I don’t think I made it happen, I don’t think I said all that I wanted to say, but I have a great feeling of saying something I wanted to say (in this case writing, and as the bookworm that I am, I give the written word more value in comparison to the spoken one). And NOW I want to take a sip of my coffee and enjoy this splendid now that I’m living.
Enjoy the splendid now that we don’t have to wait for.