2 years old… was born at envato!
I remember my school days when the Principal of our school would often tell us to appreciate life and live in the moment, as if there would be no tomorrow. I would use this as an excuse to spend a chunk of my saved pocket money on gums and candies. In my heart, I knew I was wrong. Looking back now, I think I probably wasn’t.
Living in present doesn’t necessarily mean to resolve our present desires urgently. In fact the reality calls us to go through even bitter moments fullest without ignoring present-connection. I would say your Principal confused you!
I give this thing to importance because, I noticed most of the schools (in my local) also started preeching the same without considering how the students will actually receive! This subject became more of a “quick – advice – package” element than sharing a way of living
In fact it seems kids and teens naturally goes through present (as they are less currupted) and this advice should go directly to parent-age people who starts losing observation/presense towards present!
Yes, that is one way of looking at this preaching: to give in to the temptation at the expense of future. Now, see this from another point of view. I was saving my pocket money, trying to reign in my desires, but for what? I had no ultimate goal in mind. I just did it because I thought it was ‘bad’ to spend the money. When in school, we study hard and resist social interactions, telling ourselves that college life would be better. When in college, we do the same, telling ourselves, that life would be better when we get a job. And when we get a job, we realize that life was best when we were in school. The best days of your life are the present ones, irrespective of the stage you are at.