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How One Scene from the TV Series ‘Hometown Cha Cha Cha’ Helped Me Value the Present

Live in the now. As the memories you make in the present will be your biggest asset in the future

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“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.”

— Eckhart Tolle

Look at the time on your watch, phone or on the taskbar of your computer screen. Whatever time it shows, the clock keeps ticking and before you know it, one minute has passed.

So why am I suddenly focused on the time today?

Last night I finished watching the Korean show ‘Hometown Cha Cha Cha’ recommended by my dear friend Suma Narayan. Well, since Suma and I share the same day of birth (different year), I knew that I would invariably like it. And so, once I started watching it, I couldn’t stop.

Throughout the soul-touching journey of sixteen episodes, there is one scene I can’t get out of my head. In it, a group of three adorable older women in their 70s is discussing life. How their heart is young, filled with teenage aspirations, but the body is ageing.

That moved me in a manner that I thought was strange. You see, we have a nasty habit of taking the most mundane things for granted because our body does its job without making a fuss. Okay, it does make a fuss if we don’t care for it, but we only pay attention when something goes wrong.

It’s the same way with everything else. The home we live in, our daily routine, the people in our lives, we take all of it for granted, forgetting how blessed we are.

Make Most of the NOW

Time, we know, never stops, so imagine if we never make the most of this very moment. The present has so much to offer, and yet we keep obsessing over the past or the future, expecting a change for good. But how will we experience that change until we focus on the now?

As the three women spoke about how it feels to grow old, they also spoke about the things they are so grateful for — a group of friends, a friendly neighbourhood, and a comforting environment. What more can one ask for?

But as that scene played on, my thoughts were stuck on the feeling that scene gave me.

You see, we spend so much of our time and energy focusing on problems that will end someday. But by the time we get to the end, we have wasted countless hours in worry rather than finding moments that give us bliss.

Yes, life is harsh, and we all are going through troubles that seem to have no end. But just thinking over it won’t make them go away. They will go in due time but let’s not waste a 24-hour day giving our full attention wholly to that.

Life is a series of memories. We look back at memories because they give us comfort and remind us of moments when we were happy. But think about it. There will be a time when we too will have teenage aspirations in an old body, but what will give us pure joy is the memories we made, the experiences that changed us, and the stories we get to share with young people navigating the harsh realities of life.

I know that life deals us with a series of cards. Some cards reveal situations we never want to be a part of, while some keep the hope of happy days alive. But through it, all we need to remember is that time, once gone, won’t come back. Thus, we must live life to the fullest with the time yet to go and what we have now.

If we have unfulfilled desires, our bucket list still needs to be ticked off, or we want to tell someone how we feel, and we think we would regret it if we never said it out loud, please do whatever your heart desires.

Because as we age, our hearts may remain young, but our body will wish to relax, and in those moments, we will remember what we chose to do with our present moment.

That scene brought in so much perspective; what stuck with me the most is how important it is to make the most of the present. And if you are breathing, it’s never too late to do what your heart desires. All it takes is stepping out from the forgone past, stopping our never-ending thoughts about the future, and saying hi to the present with a cup of coffee, pen, and paper to write down your life-changing to-do list.

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Living life the only way I know how — one day at a time.

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