The mind is a funny thing. With just a sniff of a fragrance or the tune of a song, the brain brings us back to another time or place as we recall a moment of our past. In an instant, we are back at the prom wishing someone would ask us to dance or we’re replaying that fight and wondering if the hurtful things said had any truth to them. It’s as though we’ve sat down in front of our television and started streaming a movie only this time, the movie is our own tale.
There are hundreds of inspirational quotes and people who all say the same thing: live in the moment. You can find thousands of messages all telling you that the only thing that matters is the here and now. The past is over and the future isn’t here yet, so let’s all be present and enjoy every moment that comes our way. It’s a quality I find admirable and one I struggle with every day of my life. The problem with living in the moment is that it’s so hard to forget about the history that came before it.