Making the Most of Every Moment
Posted on April 11, 2022
If anything, the pandemic showed us that we shouldn’t take things for granted because everything can change in an instant without warning. Over the last two years, I think a lot of young people feel like they lost valuable time while they were in lockdown – I feel the same way. But this feeling of lost time has made me more appreciative of every moment and has inspired me to make the most of these moments, even the little ones.
Take Pictures/Videos of Everything
Recently, I have started taking pictures of almost everything even if it is as simple as what I made myself for lunch that day. I have found that capturing moments makes me appreciate them even more because I am able to look back on them and remember how I was feeling or what I was doing. It is important to remember that not everything has to look perfect. Taking candid photos and videos is sometimes even more special than the ones that are posed.
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Appreciate the Little Things
It can be difficult to look on the bright side when nothing particularly exciting is happening but being grateful for everyday things can really improve your mood and mindset. While in quarantine, I found myself appreciating things that I hadn’t really thought about before like the morning sunlight in my bedroom. Your morning commute to school on the GO train might not feel momentous but with a change of perspective and some indie pop music, you are suddenly the main character in a coming of age movie.
Go Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Although trying new things is daunting, it can also be helpful in finding out more about yourself and what you like to do. Again, it doesn’t have to be anything crazy but maybe there is a new cafe you have been wanting to visit or an activity you have been wanting to try. I recently started doing schoolwork in the library and have found that I really enjoy it and am a lot more productive than when I study at home. All in all, going outside of your comfort zone can help you to find new things that you like and make the most of your free time.
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Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
It is so easy these days to compare everything about yourself, from your appearance to your lifestyle, to others. However, I’ve found that comparing myself is really unproductive and doesn’t help me or my own growth in any positive way. When you stop comparing yourself, it will be easier to appreciate what you have and who you are. Each person has their own path so leaning into that and spending more time thinking about what makes you happy is a better use of your time and will be more rewarding in the long run.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, to truly make the most of every moment you need to focus on the present. Dwelling on your past actions or worrying about the future can cause a lot of unnecessary stress and can cause you to miss out on moments. Focusing on what you are currently doing can help to reduce overthinking, increase your sense of purpose, and also help you feel more connected to those around you. It is definitely easier said than done but in the end, focusing on the present will greatly improve your overall wellbeing.
Keeping these tips in mind and having a positive mindset will help you to appreciate even the most mundane tasks and encourage you to live life to the fullest. When all else fails, channel your inner main character energy and begin to romanticize even the simplest of things.