Present = taken for granted
Why can’t we be satisfied with what we have? Why is it that we always want to have something and just when we get it, it becomes meaningless?
The truth is I don’t know. I’m no expert on this topic, but I do have some idea on why this occurs.
I bet we all know that feeling of wanting something so badly. Whether it is that we have to wait days, months, or even years to get it, the feeling of wanting is the same. I’ll give you a very common example, when I was in elementary, I always used to look at high schoolers as if they had the best life because they owned lockers at school, but mainly because of all the freedom they acquire at their age. I felt it was unfair, they all had these benefits and I didn’t. But I wasn’t aware of the cons growing up brought to you. I didn’t see the whole scene, I was just opened to what I wanted to see: the good stuff.
Years have passed and now I am in 10th grade. You won’t believe how much I wish to be in elementary again. All the worries I wouldn’t have, how life would we all unicorns and rainbows.
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude” -Cynthia Ozick
This connects to what I was talking before about not being satisfied with what you had because as I explained, I was not in the place I wanted to be, I wanted to grow up, I wanted to have something I didn’t. It is incredible to think how we all live either in the future or in the past, but never in the present. We’re always somewhere we don’t need to be at, at the wrong time. Why do we want to go to the past or the future, when we can instead focus on the now, on the present, and make the best out of it.
Now that I’m older and wiser, I have learned that we cannot have everything we want and by this, I also came to realize the real value of what I have. Believe it when I say that I still take things for granted like me being in high school and wanting to graduate, or go to college, or live with roommates, but whenever I share these thoughts with people who have experienced them, they always tell me that I should take advantage now that I’m in school, mainly because according to them, now I have no worries compared to what I will have when I become an adult.
Not wanting to hear what adults have to say to us, is something we, teenagers, tend to do. But in this case, they are correct and if listening to them will make us realize what we have now, then we should.