Friday, August 28, 2009

The moment

We need to live in the moment.

I never really had a typical, carefree childhood. Summer time wasn't for playing - it was to catch up on all the things I didn't have time for during the school year. That meant mostly piano exams - theory and history. Also, lots of art class and math tutoring. Usually, that meant I only really had the last week or so of August to just hang out and be a kid.

But I don't regret it. Idle time is wasted time, and while I never had the cottage getaways, or golf camps, or whatever the hell rich kids do in the summer, I always felt like I was doing something to improve myself. Is it worthwhile? Perhaps. I think I'd be a much duller person if I was left to my own devices.

But live in the moment. We do all these things, like go to school, in the hope that it'll better our future. Sometimes we forget to enjoy things while we're doing it. A friend posted a link on FB telling us to stop looking at life through a viewfinder. It's absolutely true. How many times do you see tourists, with a camera permanently anchored to their face instead of enjoying everything? So while you're busy and doing these wonderful things to prepare for a great future, enjoy your life while you're doing it.

I'm reminded of this, because in wine, we often forget to enjoy what's going on in the glass now. Too often do we pour a glass, only to say that it'll be better in 10 years, instead of appreciating the experiences it's giving us now. And that's very sad. I love to drink for the experience now, and I try never to lose that perspective. Well, I love drinking period, but the point is, life never goes as planned, and it would be a terrible shame if you forget to enjoy it.

Done. I need a glass.

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