December 10, 2018

Musings: The Importance of Being Present

This is something that’s been bugging me lately and I wonder if it’s why I’m having a mini meltdown. I’m in a state of ‘living in the moment’ yet in constant worry about my future. Will I have XYZ by this time next year? But I wonder if I’ll be happy, that’s the main thing right? 

We worry so much about whats coming next we forget about the present. Are we always chasing something new, something better, something that isn’t now? Cos it sure feels like it. 

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha


Being present

Going back to experiences, does everything need to be documented? I guess this stems from my blog post on my thoughts on social media in 2018. It feels like we’re living in a digital bubble; everything we do is being captured and then uploaded in some way. Ironically, I have captured  my feelings on being present in a blog post but there is no book deal knocking at my door so that’s that. 


“When anger trawls the internet,
looking for a hook;
It’s time to disconnect,
and go and read a book.”

– Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig

I do find it inspiring when I see people on my timeline going through digital detoxes. It’s healthy to unplug. We need to enjoy nature before its ruined (hello global warming) and frankly enjoy life as a simple entity. Living, breathing and existing. But does our present environment play a huge factor, of course? Living in a city is stressful but the same may go for those living in the country, we all have some sort of stress following us. 

Being mindful

This sums it up perfectly: 

How can you be more present?

Take time out for you. Schedule a day per week, or if you can’t a least a few hours.

Stop worrying about the next ‘best’ product or place. Is there a need to stay relevant? No. 

Turn your phone off when you’re in a social setting (or put it on silent). 

Get out of the habit of ‘live-documenting’. Can you upload or share your experience at a later time? 

Document something without taking a photo. Could you write about it or draw your experience? Or perhaps express it in another way? 


Travel. Get out of your current surroundings for a few hours, a day or a week. Take it all in at your own pace.

Spend quality time with friends and family. Initiate contact, meet up, enjoy. Simple. 

Make a list of what makes you happy and make a vow to keep those things in your life.

I am going to make an active effort to be ‘more present’ from now on. Will you? 

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Char xo 

Quote style images sourced from We Heart It. They do not belong to me. 

3 responses to “Musings: The Importance of Being Present”

  1. Kirstin says:

    A helpful post that I’m saving for when Instagram gets on my tits! Hhaha


  2. Ricardo Da Costa says:

    I loved this post. It was useful and was valuable. After my detox I have been thinking of taking a day or two away from all social media.

    I found myself doing regular social media detoxes which suggests something’s wrong and if you’re not changing something in your routine then you’re gonna keep doing a social detox. It’s all about trial and error.

    I really did like this post though 🙂

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Welcome to my little space on the internet, known as Memoirs and Musings. I’m Char, short for Charlotte and my blog/website/diary is dedicated to documenting my Memoirs and Musings, hence the name. I wouldn’t say I was your ‘typical’ blogger either. I don’t care about getting the perfect flatlay or feeling bad for not posting, I just enjoy writing. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. Anyway, I love to travel, indulge in a glass of white wine, when plans are cancelled and purchase overpriced make up.  I guess that’s me in a nutshell, trying to figure out this thing called life, have fun and never lose sight.