This post is a little different from my regular beauty posts; it's a personal post. I have been thinking about something that I really wanted to share so I'm hoping you guys like this. The topic of this post is living in the present. I know it's so cliché to say you should appreciate the things that are happening now but this is easier said than done. Just yesterday, I had an experience that really touched me. It wasn't so much an experience but a realization. I have always believed in destiny and fate but the past 2 years have really shown me that it does exist. My experiences over this time have shown me that things do happen for a reason. Whatever the reason may be is different every time but overall, I do believe this is the case; that it is a force (whatever force you may believe in: God, fate, destiny, etc.) guiding you somewhere. (side note: If you don't believe in that, that's perfectly fine. I am by NO MEANS trying to force any view upon you guys, just sharing my thoughts )
For the past few months I have been in a stage where I am either worried about the future or reminiscing in the past. I currently have 3 semesters of college left before I graduate and do not have a clue about what I want to do career wise. It's slowly making me more and more nervous due to worries about what path I want to go down, the economy, etc. I know that I’m only 20 years old and have plenty of time to think about and decide this stuff but it’s something that has been on my mind. I have also have some personal stuff going on that has had me reminiscing in the past and wondering what will happen in the future. Not knowing what will happen in the future has been nerve wrecking and this realization could not have come at a better time.
I have recently been reading Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert because it is a school assignment. I'm sure many of you have heard of this book because it is now a famous movie with Julia Roberts. I am about half way through it and have been enjoying it for the most part. Being the procrastinator that I am, I have to finish this book by Tuesday and have about 180 pages to go (eek!). I was reading it on the train yesterday and was absolutely struck by a part in it. The part I was reading was basically Elizabeth Gilbert talking about how she never lives in the present; she is either worrying about the future or reliving the past (sound familiar?). She told a story about a man that would ask what date it was every day and then sadly say that it would not be that date for another year. The example date she chose to use is February 4th. As soon as I read that small part, I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY as soon as I realized that this was the exact day yesterday...FEBRUARY 4th! I know some of you may think that this is pure coincidence and be like "why is this girl blown away by a random date in a book?" I don't know why Elizabeth Gilbert chose to use February 4th as the date. Was it random? Does it have special meaning? Did she write that part on February 4th? All I know is that that passage truly touched me. I saw this passage as some force speaking to me. I mean, just the fact that it was the exact date I was reading it and not any other day (like if I had started my assignment on time) shocked me. It was some kind of force reminding me to appreciate and enjoy what is going on in the present, rather than living in some other time.
I wanted to make this post to remind you all to do the same. When I find some wonderful beauty product, I can’t wait to share it with all of you, so why not do the same when I find a little piece of wisdom . It’s easy to try and escape to another time or worry about things in the future when the present is filled with tough times. However, this is a temporary fix. The Eat Pray Love passage reminded me that whatever is going on in the present, we should still appreciate the good things we have and the things we’re thankful for. I hope each and every one of you takes the time today to think about at least ONE positive thing you have in your life and focus on that as opposed to the negative. My positive thing is that I’m so thankful for all the supportive people in my life, which very much includes you guys that take the time to come to my YouTube and blog. Thank you so much for always lifting my mood with your kind words and encouragement!
Thank you for taking the time to read this post and I hope it helps you in some way. Remember that there is no time like the present and we should all make the most out of it.