Motivational and spiritual quotes can be seen all over the net or decorated among the walls of homes and offices reminding us to cherish what we have. What is it about our minds that we must force ourselves to be contempt and happy with our current state? Living in the moment has never simply been good enough, or easy. How much time have we spent reminiscing about times once lived? Where at that time we didn’t know it, but would be remembered and revered among the best we have experienced. Not only in our past does our mind wander but in our futures as well. The feeling that right now is not good enough or the desire to want more and more. Living without satisfaction.

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Our nostalgia can be seen in other forms of society. From retro style diners or restaurants to uniforms of sports teams and vintage signs or artifacts from time periods people are willing to pay hard-earned money for. Simply to achieve the feeling they once new and possibly didn’t appreciate at the time in a way they wish they had.

The constant want for more can easily be explained as a natural aspect to keep us from remaining in a complacent state. A sort of involuntary survival mindset. While this featureimages.jpg can still be essential in some ways, we achieved a point in our existence where it is not always as necessary. Our constant cravings for more in life inevitably inhibit our ability to live in the present, leading to nostalgia and the regret for not doing so. This cause and effect touches us all and we know it (hence the spiritual and motivational quotes and posters). We know we should be happy with what we have yet we have to remind ourselves.

In a way we have been blessed, but with a catch. The best way to avoid regret could be to set down our phones and interact with loved ones and the environment we live in. Let our memories bring a smile to our faces and remind us of a time we cherished and lived to the fullest. One day, we all will find ourselves at the moment of our crossover into the after life. Let’s leave here knowing we could not have enjoyed it more.

Samuel McKeown

Independent Writer

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