The reality is this.
Think back to the how much of your day you’ve spent living in the present. You must discount the hours you’ve spent reading books, concentrated your attention to the news on the radio and stay glued to the TV as well as the time spent reminiscing about your past (via flicking through Facebook photos etc.) and writing in your agenda about the people you’ll meet tomorrow. Critically speaking, no one has the time nowadays to truly live in the present. To live efficiently we meticulously plan and mull over our past so that we can live to the fullest. Mottos such as YOLO and carpe diem provoke us to think about the quality and the content of our lives. But then we reach the dilemma of spending our lives planning and contemplating to live better tomorrow instead of living by trial-and-error, spontaneously.
It would be fair to compare this dilemma to the stereotype of the Asian tourists taking pictures of their kids in front of Disney World than letting their children go on the rides because they believe that they will have something tangible to reminisce about when the kids grow older. (I’m not suggesting that this is not come from a personal experience at all, ahem.)
With so many choices and so much information available, it’s easy to get stuck in moments of distress like the one I mentioned above. But that’s when you need to take a moment and step back and think about what your purpose was in the beginning.
I hope all this did not sound too much like a “be true to yourself!” bumper sticker.