Why We Need To Live In The Moment
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For many people, but I would say especially for college students and young people, we are constantly planning our futures. I firmly believe we should plan our futures because it’s important to know what we want to do with out lives. It’s scary to think we can graduate and be propelled into adult life without being ready.
We want to have a job, rent out our dream apartment, and enjoy our twenties. But, what if we are so preoccupied with the future that we blur out what’s currently happening and we lose the opportunity to live in the moment. We motion through life always thinking ahead, and we forget the importance of living in our day to day life.
As a dancer in college this is a hot topic. We want to audition and get our faces out there in the professional world and get a contract. We want all of our years of tireless training to mean something and be acknowledged for our hard work. There is this push that we should know what we want to do and where we want to be, and if you’re not ahead of the game then you’re not in it at all.
Yes, It can get overwhelming. It can make dancers gloss over college and miss out on everything that we can be growing from in our current situation.
College is a sacred period of time before we enter adulthood to find ourselves. As young people it is the time to find your passions and calling if you haven’t found it already, while for dancers it is the time to further hone your artistry and develop the you that makes a company want to hire you.
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The more we relish the moment and take time to develop ourselves the more prepared we will be for the real world. I myself am finding it is better to not rush my future, instead I want to become the best me that I can be, whether that’s in the studio or outside because it will strengthen my chances of getting a job. When you take time to develop yourself, you establish confidence. Confidence, when taken in its purest sense is appealing to someone trying to hire you.
Of course, there is always more to learn about ourselves, and this growth continues when you get into a company or land your dream job. There’s a common thought that we have to be these perfect entities in order to get a job, but that’s not true. In regards to dance, there is a certain level of technique and artistry we need to get a job, but after that I think we attain much of our growth after we get a contract. Because you start to understand what it’s like to perform regularly, and how to use technique classes to really work for you. There are certain things a school environment can’t teach you. We will learn a lot in college in our classes and internships, but much of it will come from real job experiences.
There is no reason why we cannot live in the moment and plan our futures. Rather be need to be mindful that the two can coexist together because they are both important. So remember, don’t miss out on the gems of living in the moment because you are in a rush to get to the next step. Take it easy, your future self will thank you.
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