be present.


My friend Katy is the ultimate capturer of what being present looks like. Time and time again I am in awe of her photographs. Her sort of journalistic, "fly-on-the-wall" style is so captivating because it's simply this- capturing the moment of living in and for the moment. 
I love this picture. If I close my eyes I'm instantly transported to this moment. Those girls are some of the best girls I have ever known in my entire life. I don't have any sisters, by birth, but these girls are as close as they come.  
Six years ago a close friend of mine told me that she noticed I never lived in the present. I was always thinking about the future. I didn't really understand what she meant. I mean, I knew what she meant, but I didn't really. I was probably thinking about what my next move was! Ha! Four years later, another close friend said the same thing, just in a different way. "You're always concentrating on the future. It's a good thing, but it's going to ruin how you're living TODAY." Again, I knew what she meant, but I didn't fully understand. How do I live in the present? What does that even mean? It wasn't until I was having lunch with Frida, a girl from my screen acting class, that it finally all made sense. She said, "We need to live in the present, in the now. Look at this- I just got a call for an audition. In this moment, right now, I have control. If I say no, tomorrow I will worry about how I should've said yes. That's living in the past. If I sit here and worry about tomorrow, that's worrying about the future, thus I'm not in this moment." As I type it out, I'm not sure if it's making as much sense to you as it did to me. 
All I can really say is that I finally understand where I was going wrong! I would always talk  like, 
"When I get to ___." 
"When I'm in ___." 
"One day I will___." 
"In a few years I'm going to___."
I'm a planner. I like to plan. I like to have a next move, the next step. But it was stopping me from living in the moment, in the present. It took the third person for me to understand. That's life. That's God talking to me. It's true, ya know. I kind of think how wonderful it is, "coincidence". I don't believe it. We're meant to be in the right places at the right times. If it's not happening right now, it doesn't mean that it won't happen. (It can be anything you want it to be. A job. A guy. A move.) All we can do, all I can do is keep living in the present. And honestly, to me living in present is perfect.
 






PS. I highly recommend you read THIS POST. It's where the quote for my header came from.



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be present.


My friend Katy is the ultimate capturer of what being present looks like. Time and time again I am in awe of her photographs. Her sort of journalistic, "fly-on-the-wall" style is so captivating because it's simply this- capturing the moment of living in and for the moment. 
I love this picture. If I close my eyes I'm instantly transported to this moment. Those girls are some of the best girls I have ever known in my entire life. I don't have any sisters, by birth, but these girls are as close as they come.  
Six years ago a close friend of mine told me that she noticed I never lived in the present. I was always thinking about the future. I didn't really understand what she meant. I mean, I knew what she meant, but I didn't really. I was probably thinking about what my next move was! Ha! Four years later, another close friend said the same thing, just in a different way. "You're always concentrating on the future. It's a good thing, but it's going to ruin how you're living TODAY." Again, I knew what she meant, but I didn't fully understand. How do I live in the present? What does that even mean? It wasn't until I was having lunch with Frida, a girl from my screen acting class, that it finally all made sense. She said, "We need to live in the present, in the now. Look at this- I just got a call for an audition. In this moment, right now, I have control. If I say no, tomorrow I will worry about how I should've said yes. That's living in the past. If I sit here and worry about tomorrow, that's worrying about the future, thus I'm not in this moment." As I type it out, I'm not sure if it's making as much sense to you as it did to me. 
All I can really say is that I finally understand where I was going wrong! I would always talk  like, 
"When I get to ___." 
"When I'm in ___." 
"One day I will___." 
"In a few years I'm going to___."
I'm a planner. I like to plan. I like to have a next move, the next step. But it was stopping me from living in the moment, in the present. It took the third person for me to understand. That's life. That's God talking to me. It's true, ya know. I kind of think how wonderful it is, "coincidence". I don't believe it. We're meant to be in the right places at the right times. If it's not happening right now, it doesn't mean that it won't happen. (It can be anything you want it to be. A job. A guy. A move.) All we can do, all I can do is keep living in the present. And honestly, to me living in present is perfect.
 






PS. I highly recommend you read THIS POST. It's where the quote for my header came from.



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