jeremyogoy: The ritual. The process of flipping through records at the store, pulling it out of its sleeve, looking at the cover art, checking for scratches, flipping the record over, and listening to an album from beginning to end, on a beautiful rainy Saturday morning.
jeremyogoy: It’s amazing how many of us live life with our thoughts fixed firmly in the past, or in the future but pay very little attention to the present. Dwelling on the past is a trap that many of us fall into, consumed by what might have been or how it was all so much better ‘way back when…’ But by doing this, we struggle to accept the realities of right here, right now. In contrast, some of us prefer to focus all our attention on what we want for the future. We convince ourselves that we’ll be happy once we’ve achieved X, Y, or Z. I’m here to argue that you should neither be living your life in the past nor the future… but actually start living it in the here and now, taking each day as it comes. We need to stop letting the days slide on by, and start valuing every single one for the gift it is. At the end of the day, all we truly have is this present moment… right now. What we think of as the past is, in fact, our memories of the past, which our brains can, and do, select, alter, and skew. The past itself cannot be changed, much as we might try. The future is completely intangible and, unless you’re a believer in fate, is as yet completely undecided. It can only be shaped by the things you do every day, and the decisions you make in the present. Even then, you can never be quite sure what’s coming your way.