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Then vs. Now

As college students, we often find ourselves anxiously waiting for the next adventure in store for us. Or at least I do. Even now I catch my thoughts drifting to my plans for the next few days and how I have to endure my work shifts to get to the fun. Unfortunately, this future-focused thinking can prevent us from being present. Our physical bodies are here, while our minds are in a different world often full of planning, worry, and anticipation. To get caught in this mindset is to miss out on your life happening here and now. So many people say "I just can't wait until I'm done with school," or "I'll be happy when I find my husband and start a family" and so on. We forget to take some time to just be still each day and simply appreciate the air in our lungs we’re given to breath. 
Future-focused thinking can stem from the idea that we control our lives, that we know what's going to happen a year from now or even tonight. To believe we can control th…

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