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In Walden Henry David Thoreau said I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach and not then I came to die discover that I had not live Perhaps the last part of that statement is the most difficult aspect of our lives A plethora of philosophers and everyday people alike have maintained that you should live your life as if it were your last day Few however have been able to adopt that philosophy In the 90s the future has become a key player in our lives Education has been geared towards planning out our future and has almost forgotten that right now we are here In eighth grade we were encouraged to plan out our high school classes Our sophomore year weaved in a career unit and this year we look at colleges Some teachers teach a certain way only because they want to prepare us for college not because they think that their way is the best Why do we do all of this for a future that might not come In a decade where drive-by shootings drug overdoses and alcohol-related accidents have become the norm the way we look at the future may come as somewhat of a surprise to the objective observer The future is presented in a way that assumes we will have a future when in fact some of us may not have all that long to live in the present We spend so much time planning for tomorrow or even five or six years from tomorrow that many of us forget that we are living today and that we should live out today If a person tries to live out tomorrow right now and that person is on his death bed a few minutes later then that one person may find that he has squandered
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