Now Versus Later, a Reader Wonders

3 comments | May 2nd, 2012

(story submitted by "Wondering", a Chestist)

Like a lot of us, I grew up getting served a healthy dose of platitudes and cliches.  "Why put off till tomorrow what you can do today"; "try, try and try again"; "life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it"; "all you can do is your best"; "a penny saved…" "caffeine will stunt your growth" and so on.

There all serve as shortcuts for keeping us on the path from here to there but here's what I'm wondering.  I can't remember any that help teach the balance between the short and long term.  I'm 27 and trying to figure out how much I "live for today" as opposed to "plan for tomorrow".  I know it's not all or nothing either way, I'm neither a Spartan nor a Heathen, but is it 25/75 or 75/25  or what, and when does it change?  Do I live for the moment I have now or the one I might have later?  Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts.  Platitudes and cliches are welcome.  {end story}

The balance between now and later – how do you find it?  Or do you?


  • Heather

    Posted on May 2, 2012

    I so get this question. My mom always says “live for today but plan for tomorrow.” In a lot of ways I’ve always thought this really raised the question more than it really answered it but guess that it’s like a 50/50 thing.

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  • CV

    Posted on May 2, 2012

    A good friend of mine died on 9.11 at the WTC. He was only 31. In the 11 years since then I think about this a lot. I have a family now and so I know we need to plan and save and prepare for them to grow up. Yet, yet, yet, I also know any one of us or all of us could be killed by a bus and that tomorrow is not guaranteed to any one. I think we have to live as if it is though or I would just spiral out of control.

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  • Beth

    Posted on May 2, 2012

    I go with’ “Live each day as if it were your last.” Ok, we can’t go skydiving every day, but I try not to wait too long for the big payoff.

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