How to Stop and Appreciate Every Single Moment of Your Life

Jason Weiland

Have you heard someone say that you will never again be the person you are right now? It's true!

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Who are you, right now, at this single moment in time? Who are you, really? Would you consider yourself the hero or the villain in your story? Have you arrived at this moment stagnant, or are you constantly changing and improving?

If you have the time, get comfortable and search your mind for the answers to these questions:

  • What are the good and the bad things that brought me to this point in my life?
  • Who is a part of my life, and who have I left by the way?
  • What are the things that are important to me right now? Is it money, fame, and possessions, or something nobler like altruism or love?
  • Where am I going, and what are the things I want for myself?
  • Am I satisfied with my life or doing the things that will bring me fulfillment?
  • Who do I want to be as a person?

Now, do you have a better idea of who you are right now?

You Will Never Be the Same Person Again

It’s a good thing to get your bearings at times because, as a moment passes, you cease to be the person you were.

The only constant in life is change.

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”―Lao Tzu

It’s important to take the time and realize who you are and what you have. It’s essential to be grateful for who and what you have in your life.

Think about being the parent of an infant. They grow so quickly: one minute they rely on you for everything, and the next they’re rolling over. Then they walk and exert their independence. Soon enough they will be in school. Then they grow out of childhood and stop being little girls and boys and start being teenagers who don’t need you anymore. Then they are off on their own, braving the world without your guidance, grownups in every sense of the word.

“Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or you spend 60 hours a week in an office, virtually every parent out there feels like they could have spent more quality time with their kids.”―

Did you pay attention to all the little moments along the way? Were you grateful for each step along the path of their life, or did you take it for granted and are now left with an empty house and bittersweet memories?

Just like we need to capture each moment in the lives of our children, we also need to stop and recognize who we are today.

Who Are You in the Story?

If you analyze who you are in the moment, would you consider yourself good or bad? Are you truly the person you want to be, or are you trying to be someone or something you are not for the benefit of others?

If we aren’t who we want to be, how many more moments are we going to waste trying to be something we are not?

“Don’t try to be something for everyone, just be everything for someone.”― Leandra Medine

We can’t squander our lives and our moments, because sooner than we think, we will be at the end of everything and have no more time to analyze. We will have no more time to consider ourselves because the person we are in that last moment is the legacy we will leave behind.

What Are You Going to Do?

Knowing that we only have so many of these moments to stop and consider ourselves and our situation, are we going to start paying more attention to the details and little things? Are we going to appreciate the steps and progression through our lives so we can remember the things that mattered to us?

More importantly, are we going to remain the person we are at that moment, or will we try to improve ourselves? If we don’t like who we are, who we are with, and what we are doing, are we going to change or wait until we have wasted our lives and all we have to look back on is the bitter feeling of regret?

Remember that we only have one life and only so much time in each day to live our best life. If we aren’t living our finest life, we must start making changes, so we ensure we aren’t wasting any more moments.

We will never be the person again we are right now. You can choose to be a better or a worse version of the person you are, right now, in this single moment in time. Hopefully, we can live with whatever choice we make and can leave a legacy to be proud of when we finally leave this existence.

Pay attention to the little things and be grateful. We only have so many more moments left.

It’s About Perspective

Sometimes it helps if we take a step back from the usual way we regard ourselves. Look to yourself from the perspective of someone else. Do you still think you are a “good” person or are there faults you may never have noticed before?

At times we get so full of ourselves and have an overinflated ego, and the best thing we can do is gain some perspective and do what it takes to make some changes in our lives.

You may find that you have a long way to go, or you will realize that you are a reasonably special person after all, and you just need to take each moment as they come and continue acting and living like a beautiful human being.

If you still need to walk the path for a while and learn what it will take to get you to a point where your ego doesn’t block you from getting everything you want in life, do it.

Remember along the way to cherish every moment and enjoy each step because you will never be that person again, and that person is a special part of you.

Don’t miss the little things because you are too busy looking at the big picture.

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