I've spent a large portion of my life just rushing to the next thing, wanting to take the next steps. I never once stopped and appreciated what was going on around me. It hs been only recently I've understood the importance of living in the moment.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift––that is why it is called the present.” - Bill Keane.

This is such an important quote. Because it is true. So many people (myself, once included.) are constantly thinking about the end game. Which! I will not lie, is important. It's important to think about what you're working for. But the end game is not the most important aspect of life. It's the journey.

This may come off hella corny, but it's so true. Thinking too much in the past, or thinking too much into the future is taking away from what you're experiencing now. Now is where all the fun stuff happens, all the trials and tribulations.

"Never a Failure, Always a Lesson." - Rihanna
(idk if she's the first one to say that, but it's what google tells me)

I used to look at failures as set backs. As such a negative thing. "I failed therefore it's because I was bad." "I could have done better." But that is never the case, we fail so we can learn, so we can try something different, so we can learn what doesn't work for us. Our journey is so much better and more fun when we fail at things - it encourages us to work harder and try new things.

When you take a road trip, of course the destination is fun - but so is the ride there. That's a different kind of experience and with life, it's the exact same. The car ride is life and the end game is, well, the vacation. Enjoy the ride while you can so you can reminisce about all the fun you had along the way.

Taking life as it comes to you, dealing with obstacles along the way, learning, losing, gaining, making mistakes - all of this comes with being human. We need to stop rushing to get our careers, get married, have kids, etc.
Take the baby steps, enjoy where you are right now, work on small goals to get the main goals and most importantly - Enjoying the ride.

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” - Buddah