This Spring Break, I met my new cousin Owen, got to see family that I have not seen in a while, survived Snowmageddon 2017, and reflected on all of the amazing experiences happening in my life. 

There is nothing better than feeing hyped about the future. When I was in high school, the future was the thing I looked forward to the most. Out of classes I did not like. Surrounded by people who liked me for me. That is what I used to look forward to. 

In my eagerness to move forward, I neglected the experiences I had at that point. I neglected the support my teachers and administrators were giving me. I neglected the support my friends and family were giving me. I failed to be present and that hurt me more than I can possibly understand. 

There is a time for adventure, and a time for mindfulness and being present. It took me a long time to figure out that distinct balance between being here and being there. 

Do not get me wrong, both are super important. Both are super important. You cannot have one without the other. 

Remember to be thankful for the things you have right in front of you, while still being excited about the future. Remember that the present is called such because it is a gift. 

“Life is available only in the present moment. If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply”

-Thích Nhất Hạnh