I’m tempted to say this can be reduced to the “old vs new” issue, but I know this is, in fact, only a quantitative thing. It’s not at all like the old generation was all for pleasure delaying and vehemently against instant gratification. As a matter of fact, it is the older generation that willingly devolved its taste towards instant gratification. This shift in taste is not an overnight invention of the very young, it’s just their heritage, what’s being left to them. It is our fault.
Truism time! Enjoy life, for it is extremely short.
The moments of such revelation are seldom, perhaps you get one every year or so, and they are almost instantly negated or, worse, dismissed out of misguided cynicism. This is probably the only revelation worth living by. Yet we almost never do, even after being blessed with it, more than once.
Enjoy life, for it is absurdly short if you don’t. Plus, it’s sometimes shorter than expected.
There are only two ways of looking at things, two lenses: love and hatred. Craving and aversion, in Buddhist teachings. Indifference is not the middle ground, it is merely a way of not looking at things, and it’s mostly worse than either love, or hatred.
You must try and see everything through the lens of love, first. Sadly, if things still appear distorted, they sometimes look much better when seen through the bloody lens of hatred. But there are, really, very few things that require this. Most everyday mundane affairs (and these are what fills our lives, not big, heroic decisions or events) can be approached with love.
Staying in sync with the present time is not that big a deal. Keeping your eyes open, your ears keen, and your reflexes intact isn’t particularly difficult. Following your herd is not something hard (or something to be proud of). Most people are on Facebook and Twitter. I’m not. It’s not that I’m not “most people” (which I’m not), it’s that I’m not in sync with my times.
Sometimes, to be ahead of your times, you need to live in the past.
In a seaside town, on a sunny week, at work. Always at work, then back “home” at more work, under never-ending stress, playing Atlas all the time. Not today. Against all ods, today will be a day for sea toe-dipping, plenty of sun burns and a few seaside glasses.
Sometimes you have to stop and smell the seagulls.