Why aren't you enjoying life?

We are taught from young that we need a good education, so we can get a good job, so we can make money, so we can enjoy life. Often times this mindset leads to a lot of stress and we are left worried about our future. Instead of worrying about our future, why not enjoy the present? Are we not allowed to have fun while we are young?

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There was once this university graduate who visited an island for a vacation. While walking along the beach he came across a group of young men more or less his age. They were just sitting on the sand, enjoying the breeze. He approached the men and asked what they were doing. They answered that they were just lazing around enjoying themselves. They had just returned from a fishing trip and wanted to enjoy the sun before returning home. The graduate took this opportunity to try to share some advice with his peers. He suggested that they spend less time on the beach and more time out on the ocean. His argument was that if they worked harder instead of lazing around on the beach, they could sell their haul and earn more money. With the extra profit, they could then buy a bigger boat and more equipment so they could catch even more fish. After maybe a few years of hard work, they could end up opening their own company and hire people to go do the fishing for them, while they just sit back and enjoy life. One of the men then asked back, "So we should work hard now, so we can enjoy life later?" The graduate nodded in agreement. The men looked at each other and smiled. Then one of them said to the graduate, "Isn't that what we are doing now?"

Moral of the story: Don't work so hard that you forget to enjoy life. If you spend each day worrying about the future, you won't be able to enjoy the present.

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