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Student voices: Live in the moment or look ahead?

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There are a lot of things to look forward to in the spring. At the top of my list is graduation. It is something I have been looking forward to for years, but realistically, it has been my main focus this year. Months of looking forward to such events can drag on, but I always find myself more motivated when I have something to look forward to. It's something to live for, something to act as a reward for my hard work, something to change up my routine.

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These future events are important in maintaining my sanity amidst a packed routine. However, I find that the excitement I feel when I have an event to look forward to usually exceeds the excitement I feel when such an event is actually occurring. It is a bit disheartening, and I have to remind myself that this is what I had been looking forward to for months.

Since this seems to happen to me frequently, I am trying to figure out how to solve it. I always hear about people wanting to "live in the moment" more, but I have a hard time wrapping my head around such an abstract concept. For me, it is a lot easier to look forward to something for months, when I have ample time to think about the possibilities, rather than to fully take in a situation in the present. There is simply too much going on at once for me to fully absorb a travel experience, for example. Conversely, with technology, it is easy to do things and document your experience online to enjoy afterwards, when the time spent doing so should instead be spent living out the moment.

In a completely new situation, as in life after graduation, I imagine I will gradually begin to forget what life felt like pre-graduation. The negative aspects seem to diminish, and only the positives are remembered. I may remember all the enjoyable moments of school and wonder what exactly I was looking forward to.

I feel like I am overanalyzing this concept, but with so many events to look forward to this spring, it is something to think about. It is important to both look forward to events and enjoy them in the moment, as they occur. Without comprehending whatever it is you were looking forward to, you may find yourself wondering why you spent so much time and put so much effort into looking forward to it in the first place, or wasted the experience just to "relive" it in the future via technology. "Living in the moment" is essentially an impossible concept to describe and plan to accomplish, but I am all in for enjoying events a bit more as they occur rather than before or afterwards.

Marnie Sciamanda is a senior at Rosemount High School. Her column appears every third week.

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