A Case for Living Life in the Present

| by Larissa Tater, under Inspiration

I recently went to New Zealand, and while I normally travel alone, for this trip, I took a friend. My friend was fanatic about taking pictures of the scenery, and to be fair, it is one of the most beautiful countries that I have ever visited. It begs to be remembered, so it’s not hard to want to capture every shade of blue and green that emanates from the land. But his inability to live in the present became a huge frustration for me. He constantly worried that, in the future, he would not be able to remember his past, so he trekked behind his camera, viewing the sights from a small screen.

Eventually, I dished out a little unsolicited advice: A guide once told me that, when you find a moment that you want to remember forever (at that time, it was relaxing near the Seine River with newfound friends, as we all watched fireworks illuminate the Eiffel Tower), stop yourself and soak it in while digging your nails into the palm of your hand. Don’t hurt yourself, of course, but later, when you want to remember that moment again, you can bring it back to life just by squeezing your hand. 

Learning this little trick has helped me to appreciate the wonderful moments in my life and to live in the present, knowing that I don’t need a photograph to remember the world around me. I no longer need to squeeze my hand as hard as possible to bring back something beautiful. By appreciating life as it comes at me, a scent or a whisper of a sound can spark my memory and transport me back into time, much better than any photograph ever will.

 
 
 
 
 
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