Living in the Moment Through the Eyes of a Runner.

So how to start this blog?

First thing that pops into my head is “man I haven’t written in forever”, next thing that comes about is “life has been so busy”, but then comes about what I’m actually going to talk about today. Living for today.

On September 27, 2012 in my Management 100 class we were asked to write a goal for our year or the semester. Looking back at this I wrote that my personal goal right then was

“To live in every moment, to not plan ahead as much and just enjoy life as it comes.”

A year later, I feel as though I am finally actually doing that. This year, my sophomore year has brought about many beginnings, so far none of them bad. I can honestly say in my conscious and active life (so not including the carefree days of childhood) I had never lived in the moment until this year.

Before this year I always felt torn between the past, the present, and the future.

I was always thinking about things I had done, people I knew, and mistakes I had made in the past. Or things I had to do, people I had yet to become friends with, places I had yet to visit, goals I had yet to accomplish. I had never put those aside and just said, “what about here, what about now, what about who I’m with.”

Not saying that having goals is a bad thing, or thinking about how the past has shaped you is not good for you. On the contrary, I am saying these things make you who you are today and we must live in the day.

I mean heck, being in school I have to look both to the near future (such as my 5 midterms and projects due next week) and to the future after I graduate. Being a runner, I am looking to the Philadelphia Marathon in November. Being a person who doesn’t want to make the same mistakes twice, I must look to my past. But what I am saying is there is no use in obsessing over them.

In Matthew 6:34 Jesus tells us “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” and in James 4:13-15 “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

And oh my goodness it is so true! The more I realize this and actually ACT on it the better my life is.

So I challenge you: GET OUT, LIVE LIFE, THINK ABOUT NOW INSTEAD OF LATER, and HAVE FUN! We only get to live this life once, might as well make the best of it. Eternally all the stress and worries about my (and your) past and futures won’t matter because pretty soon everything will be the past and I know life with Jesus is my future. So why stress? Why not just jump onto every opportunity and enjoy!

To share a bit about how I’ve done that since I’ve last posted (half a month ago…. sorry readers!) here are some pictures!

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll!

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll!

Friday Night Salsa Dancing!

Friday Night Salsa Dancing!

The Last Bison Standing Concert!

The Last Bison Standing Concert!

Babysitting on Tuesdays!

Babysitting on Tuesdays!

Beautiful Trips out to Church!

Beautiful Trips out to Church!

Baking! A lot!

Baking! A lot!

Whitewater Rafting with Wharton!

Whitewater Rafting with Wharton!

The First Football Game of the Season!

The First Football Game of the Season!

The Ball!

The Ball!

Restaurant Week to Chima!

Restaurant Week to Chima!

Picnics during the Week!

Picnics during the Week!

Trip to NYC!

Trip to NYC to see Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alisha Keys, Janelle Monae, and John Mayer!

NY Trippin with these Lovely Ladies!

NY Trippin with these Lovely Ladies!

Bastille Concert!

Bastille Concert!

And of course much more happened but this is just what I documented photographically! Also for those of you fellow running fanatics: I’ve restarted a training plan for the Philly Half if anyone wants to get in on it with me comment below!

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