What advice would I give to myself 10 years ago ?

Life is the name of continual motion. My counter is constantly running and I have no control over it. In fact, none of the billions of people walking this earth right now, have any control over this counter. It keeps running and running until one day when it will abruptly stop. That day, life as I know it, will cease to exist.

I enjoy the great outdoors and feel blessed to be living in Ottawa, one of the most beautiful cities I have ever come across. It has natural sanctuaries to help re-build our lost connection with nature. I often longingly gaze at the river and think about how so many people before me have come and gone, yet the river remains. It is majestic and grand and runs free through the city, as it has for many generations.

Like the river, I often wish to run free, free of any socially constructed financially motivated boundaries to really change the world. Millions amongst us wish to leave a deep, meaningful impact on the world, I too wish to give back what the universe has awarded me with.

Next year will mark the end of the third decade of my life. Three decades have passed in a flash. Imagine if I knew as a teen, what I know now. How would the course of my life be different? How would I have a greater impact on this world, on my world?

Live in the moment

Looking back I feel like one of my biggest mistake has been my inability to be completely in the moment. I have either tried to live in the past or with dreams of a brighter, bigger future, whilst ignoring my current, my present, my now. I have missed many moments in life trying to come to terms with the fact that I can’t be everywhere at the same time, I need to be where I am completely in order to live in the moment.

It’s like trying to make a video of the fireworks in front of you. Why not put the phone away for a few minutes, and live in the moment, let the eyes see the world without the filter of your phone in front. Remember, the fireworks won’t last long, but the memories will last decades. No matter how great your camera is, it is not better than your eyes and cannot remember moments with their feelings, like the mind can. So Next time you are watching the fireworks, live in the moment and create memories.


Life is a counter. At this very moment, you are the youngest you will ever be, so live this unique moment and create memories, not videos.


P.S. Nobody likes to watch a video of last year’s fireworks that you made on your phone =)

What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago?

2016-03-06T15:48:28+00:00October 15th, 2015|Categories: Life|6 Comments


  1. Andrew Cai October 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Well written Haseeb! That picture really captured your message well. People are very busy taking pictures or videos they will never watch again, or just post it online for people who don’t really care.

    Being present in the moment is something I’ve been trying to incorporate into my life since a few years ago. For me I find that it’s easier said than done. We’ve been trained to our whole lives to look for happiness from objects money can buy, and stories that tell us if we make the right decisions and meet the right people we’ll be ‘happily ever AFTER’. But from observing my life more closely, happiness (at least for people in the western world who do not live in poverty) is more a choice than a result. Still, even knowing this, it’s very hard to ‘live in the moment’ and ‘be grateful for what you have’. I think us humans are hardwired to be discontent, want more, and desire what we don’t have.

    Like you, I also find being in nature a good way to stay present, and also being in a ‘flow state’ when competing a challenging task. I love fireworks exactly because they are so short and fleeting.

    Thanks for sharing, have a good week.

  2. maheen Asif October 16, 2015 at 4:56 am

    It is too good and well written! I would prefer everyone to read this. Every single word made my realise that we aren’t making any memories & how useless our life is! Amazing work I would say. Keep it up! ?

  3. Davis October 23, 2015 at 12:36 am

    My wife and I are married for last 15 years and we often recall the day we decided to get married. Those moments were precious and so is our present. It is hard to live in the moment and I think we only lived in the moment for 5% of our life. Rest we were hustling for a better future that was never our present.

    Thanks for writing it.

  4. Paula Haines October 23, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Its interesting to reflect back time to time on basics of life. its all about the present. I just entered my 20’s and started to miss my teen days. I always wanted to escape my school life but I think those were the best days I ever had.

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