Yes, it happened and it can happen. I’ll tell you how…
So today I decided to step outside the four walls that are so familiar and comfortable; I’m referring to my room of course.
The moment I stepped outside, without any purpose, clearing my mind of all the responsibilities that were waiting to be fulfilled, just completely focusing on the present, making myself aware of my surroundings, something really hit me hard which has never happened before.
As I looked around, I seemed to absorb all that my eyes could see, I watched people and their urgency to get to the other side of the three lane road, waiting, watching, hurrying and finally slowing down upon reaching the other side. I found myself cheering them on for no apparent reason, just seeing them succeed at such an insignificant task as crossing the road gave me satisfaction.
I looked at the city that I live in and it’s busy streets and found a beauty that I have never appreciated before. I found beauty in the trees, the grass, the little lilac lights that paved the way to the exhibition centre, the deep abyss of the sea at night and the ship lights shining upon its reflecting surface, the majestic glistening skyscrapers relfecting the moonlight.
At that very moment, just as realisation dawned on me, just as time seemed to slow down I finally completely understood what it meant to be in the present. I understood that there is nothing more magical than the moment that you are in. This very moment is the most important thing and the greatest weapon that we wield, this moment I was immersed in my surroundings, fully aware of everything and in sync with the world around me, I was an important part of it all and that is when time stopped. It came to a halt and I finally after two decades realised why the present is called a “present”.