QUOTE: “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present…”
RELEVANCE: I’m not too sure who first said this quote, nor does it really make a difference to me at this point. What matters is how much this quote has affected me over the past few days. According to this quote, I am living in the future; I am always, and I mean always, ANXIOUS. On one hand I would rather be anxious than depressed, but on the other - being anxious sucks. Whenever I get anxious, I get overwhelmed… and whenever I get overwhelmed, I feel stuck and unable to move forward in anything that I do.
What I’ve been learning over the past few weeks and what this quote has helped me realize is that the only way to be truly happy is to live in the present. I can’t change what has happened in the past and I can’t predict what’s going to happen in the future. All I can do is deal with what I have right in front of me. For example, say I have a really hard test coming up. I have 3 options: a) beat myself up for not having started to study earlier, b) freak out and stress about how hard it’s going to be and complain that I don’t have enough time to learn it all, or c) i can sit down, open up my textbook and start learning.
LESSON: Live in the present.