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YVANNE new byline Right here, right now

by Yvanne Dandan

When was the last time you felt completely satisfied with where you currently were in life? Maybe it was not so long ago, or possibly it was a while ago, or maybe you are already feeling satisfied right now. Nonetheless, I’ve witnessed through my personal experiences and through the experiences of those around me that we humans tend to be constantly “hungry for more.” Let me tell you a quick story of an experience of mine as an example. In fact, this story is the inspiration behind this article.

I am currently a full time music student and have made the conscious decision not to take on a part time job during the first few months of studies in order to enjoy being fully immersed into music. This was a goal of mine for a while to finally work on my music with focus and an abundant balance of time. Finally I can say I’ve made it to that place in my life, thanks be to God.

I was fifteen when I had my first job. It didn’t take long until I’d look for multiple jobs. I remember being a full time University student and having three jobs at a time. Sometimes it still boggles my mind how I was able to do that, but it did happen and I really did enjoy the work load. When I had my first “big girl job” (i.e. first full time job out of university/college) I recall thinking to myself, “I look forward to the day when I can take a break from working and just be fully immersed into music.” So I made it a goal for myself to work hard and save up a lot so that someday, I can afford to be immersed into music without the distractions of working, even if it were just for a few months.

Fast forward to today: I am a full-time music student and unemployed and as much as I was looking forward to this, for some reason I sometimes still feel anxious about it, thinking to myself “I should probably get a job soon.” However, this was a dream of mine to be fully immersed into music and now that I am, why am I still looking to do more? Then it was revealed to me that there are challenges in no matter stage of life we’re in and it is so easy to fall into the temptation of seeing the challenges outweigh our blessings. I am learning more and more each day to celebrate the blessings during the right here, right now stage of my life and to really live in it. So with that said, I’m going to make sure that I remind myself that it is a blessing for me to be in this stage of my life right here, right now. I won’t rush it, and instead I’ll enjoy it because eventually things will never be like this again.

So why share this story with you? Simple. I hope that as many of us realize that we are so blessed right here, right now. As mentioned earlier, there will be challenges in every stage of our life and it is important for us to remember our blessings or else we will always be hungry for more and never be content. Maybe you’re reading this during a work break and wishing that your shift was over or maybe you’re reading this during your maternity leave and you’re dreadfully counting down the days to when you’ll go back to work. Regardless of what situation you’re in right now, I can assure you that there is a lot to be thankful for and worth celebrating.

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