Why is NOW never enough?
From birth, we are taught preparation for the future. The instructions always fall along the same lines: Don't enjoy your childhood too much because you need to focus on getting into a good high school. Don't enjoy high school too much. Your focus should be on prepping for college. When you get to college, don't spend too much time having fun because you need to focus on choosing a lucrative career. You have the career but please don't enjoy your money too much because you need to buy a house and save for retirement. You bought the house, saved for retirement, and we're proud but please remember to prepare a nest for the generations to follow. Constant focus on the future is ingrained into our minds and at some point we look back and realize that we've never really lived: we've existed. We're just successfully going through the motions. It's become so taboo to enjoy the great things in life, if they don't bring promise of a future. No matter how good something is to us...for us, the world screams, "unless it has a future, it's not enough!" Very few of us can remember the last time we just lived in the moment, unhindered by the fear that it might not bring a future.
Everything doesn't have to last forever. There will be some great moments, events, and people that doesn't need to walk with you into your future. These things will come to help you find your joy in that day: your peace in that current storm. They will give you that ounce of will you need to propel yourself into tomorrow or help cultivate your next brilliant idea. Don't escape these temporary moments just to find solace in a future hope for better because we all know that our future seldomly goes as planned.
So to my friend who's wondering if she should pursue that relationship and career change, chase your happiness today. Tomorrow isn't promised. If you focus on living to your fulfillment everyday, you will have LIVED many of days. If you only focus on living a fulfilling future, you will go through your whole life preparing to live on a day that may never come. After all, the world is already filled with enough people who only have a life of "what-ifs" for the opportunities that have passed them by.
I don't advise you to live carelessly. This is more of a call for you to enjoy being fully present today!