Living in the moment: Don’t forget what you’ve already learned

Mauli Patel

In many junior high schools, students are often educated about important life lessons. These include talking about the eight keys of success and lessons about living in the moment. Even though these concepts are no longer mentioned in high school, they still apply to high school life.

The desire for time to pass by faster during a school day is common wish among students. I often look forward to weekends and can’t wait for it to be Friday. This is where those old junior high lessons come into play, specifically the lesson to live in the moment.

To live in the moment means to enjoy your life right now. If you live in the moment, you are not constantly looking ahead into the future and disregarding the present experiences. Living in the moment helps you to appreciate and enjoy all of your life.

Students spend six hours or more at school, which is at least half of the day. If students spend all this time wishing for time to go faster, they are wasting time that they could be enjoying. High school is the last years of childhood. You do not need to worry about supporting yourself, finding a job, paying the bills, or being on your own. Your childhood is a very special part of your life and shouldn’t be taken for granted. It is a time when you are shielded from the worries of the real world. A student’s high school years should be cherished and not wasted on wishing for the clock to tick faster. After this essential time passes, you cannot go back to it no matter how much you would want to. Living in the moment and appreciating the present will help students fully enjoy their high school experience.

However, as many things are, living in the moment is easier said than done, especially when it comes to school. It is safe to say that school can be very tedious and tiring for many students. Instead of focusing on all the negatives of school, students should focus on everything that they enjoy about school. For example, at school students get to socialize, spend time with their friends, and participate in activities they enjoy such as sports.

The junior high lesson of living in the moment can also apply to the life of high school students. Making the effort to appreciate the present will help make the high school experience more enjoyable and memorable. You should enjoy every moment because, after all, you only live once.

Michelle Zhang

Michelle is a junior at Conant Highschool, and this is her second year on the Crier staff. This year she is going to be the editor of the new Lifestyle section. During the school year she is on the golf team and the math team. Outside of school she loves to bake, read, and spend time with her family.

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