Live in The Moment

Rudy & Tiff Family Portraits by Herna

We live in such a fast-paced life. I can be in one place one minute, and in another place in another. Sometimes I even wish that I can split myself and be in two places in one time. And with the traffic in this city, planning becomes a priority. The better we plan, the faster we move. That’s just how it is. That’s why we are used to thinking one step, maybe even five steps ahead. To make sure we don’t waste time in the busyness of life, we think about the future. 

Planning ahead - that’s great habit, don’t you think? Yes, it is. However, as we accustom ourselves to think ahead of future actions, we often forget about today. We think that today was a part of yesterday’s plans anyway, so we keep ourselves busy with talks of tomorrow. We forget to live for today. We forget to savor the moment; in fact, we often don’t even notice that we are in a moment worth remembering in the first place. Every action, every emotion, every thoughts of this moment can easily slip us by as we keep our eyes on what lies ahead. At the end of the day, we don’t remember what we did today. We remember things we will be doing tomorrow, but we might not recall the happenings of today. 

It isn’t so with children. Children live for today. They don’t think about what’s going to happen tomorrow or the day after. They don’t think of the happenings of today will greatly influence their tomorrow, because well, as far as they’re concerned, tomorrow never comes. After tomorrow, there will be another tomorrow, and then another tomorrow, and then another… They say “Later!” with the greatest of ease, like as if “later” is still days away. And they do that because what’s important is today, right now, this moment that they are in. 

Sometimes I watch the children I have on my set and see how absorbed they are in the moment. Whether they’re in a nice gown or casual wear, whether they’re playing with their parents or playing with their dolls, they’re there … in the moment. Never thinking about what comes next. Living every second of it. 

Watching them never fails to inspire me to stop every once in a while, to look around and to smell the roses as I pass them by. Although I might not want to get out of the fast lane (well, not anytime soon anyway), I think I’d like to pull aside and live the moments as they come. 

I love the chance to be reminded and I must admit that I envy the parents who have children at home to remind them to live in the moment. 

It’s weekend. Shall we pull ourselves to the slower lane and live for today?