As four different Alanis Morissettes famously sang, life is fully of irony. Life’s greatest irony: we’re often too busy with life to truly enjoy life.
I’ve repeatedly found this to be the case throughout my 23 years. When I was in middle school, I wanted to be in high school. In high school, I wanted to be in college. In college, I wanted to be in law school. In law school, I wanted to be any other place in the world that wasn’t a law school. And so on.
Yet, each time I advanced to the next stage of life, I looked back at my past and wished I had appreciated and maximized my time and opportunities so much more. Instead of always stressing about the future, I should have cherished the present.
Case in point: the 2013 Washington Nationals.
They are terrible.
The 2012 Nationals were studs. They finished the season with the best record in baseball. They made the playoffs for the first time ever. They routinely won thrilling and exciting baseball games. It was a magical time. But it was a magical time often spent thinking about the road ahead, how many games we’d win next season, our future World Series titles, and our budding dynasty.
Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.
Although less than a year has passed, I long for those exciting nights at Nationals Park. I desperately wish I had cherished those moments so much more. I took them for granted because, you know, we were going to be winning division titles for the next five years.
(A candid moment after winning the NL East last season. This is not happening this year. Well, the shorts still happen.)
In short, enjoy today and stop stressing about tomorrow.
The wisest man on the planet, Andy Bernard, recently dropped some serious truth in the finale of “The Office” about this very issue. Seriously, watch this. And then go enjoy life.