Racing for your life
When you race, your peripheral vision shortens with the increasing speed and focus, your surroundings become blurry and you don’t even realize what’s around you, only what’s ahead. I’m going to use that situation to show you why we don’t fully realize how beautiful this world is and how
important it is to do so.
Let’s say the race is our life, running, always, running after grades, running after love, running after
jobs and money, a race against time until we finally cross the line.
If life represents the race then what stands ahead is our future. The more you think about it, the more you want to do something about it, the more focused you get. And how could we not be that focused on the future? We’re drowning into an ocean of references to it, whether it’s the future of the human race or ours, from establishing life on another planet to planning our next day, future is everywhere, inside, outside and heavier than ever. We always have to go fast, go ahead, move on to the next step, always have new things because “new is always better”, always being worried of what might happen next. We are always running after something. We don’t take the time to do anything anymore. Even kids don’t have the time to enjoy their childhood. Where we used to see simple toys
being the servant of one child’s imagination, we see toys representing phones, laptops, tablets, locking that flowering imagination up in a box along with their curiosity, taking away their childhood as they already try to act like adults when they don’t even know what being a kid is. My dad always told me to keep a part of a child inside me, that looking at the world as that child would do will show me the true simple beauty of this world. And he was right, look at how impressed and amazed kids can be for simple things, things that we adults consider as normal and so, unworthy of our attention giving us no satisfaction, no surprise, no pleasure. But if you try to always see the world through your inner child’s eyes, it will appear as beautiful as it really is.
Let’s get back to the metaphor. If ahead stands the future, then our surroundings are the present. In the present is hidden beauty, and the pleasure of experience it only lays there. Our five senses, made to experience the world around us, belongs the present and are only effective there, you can’t experience the pleasure of something you didn’t even enjoy yet right? This means that if you don’t pay attention to your surroundings, to the beauty hidden in the present, you will never enjoy it; you will never experience how beautiful this world really is and how hard we should fight for it. So because of how fast we run towards the future we don’t pay attention to the present and miss a lot of fulfilling happy moments.
The solution is quite simple in theory: take the time. Stop running; take a moment to breathe, to look around, and to enjoy what you have. We fail to see the beauty of this world by sacrificing our present time to run after a better future. But how good can it be to sacrifice so much for a future that we’ll
never enjoy when it will finally become our present? Stop running after false happiness, stop running after vile things such as money, power, fame, the only thing you’ll get will be another hole to feed.
Of course we can’t only live in the present, but the future shouldn’t obliterate our present pleasure, there is a middle ground to reach. That’s why it’s important to take the time and to enjoy our present: to remember why we move forward and what we are running our lives for , instead of
getting lost on the way to the final line.