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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tolerance Levels of Living in the Moment

Why do some people feel a calling to travel and experience new and exciting things, while others are content with the same mediocre routines in which they’ve grown accustomed? Our past. Another way of wording the answer to this question would be our tolerance.

If you take drugs or alcohol, over time, your tolerance builds up and you need more drugs or alcohol to feel the same effects. This is the same as with life experiences. If you’ve lived your life without taking chances, entertained by technology with little or no effort, and are limited in what you’ve done in the past, you’re tolerance for pleasure, entertainment, and contentment would be relatively low next to someone who’s traveled to exotic destinations and had extraordinary experiences.

We all have a desire to appreciate every minute of every day and every second of every minute. But, as we all know, this is quite challenging. It’s for this reason we enjoy thrill rides, travel, and realistic video games. These things force us to concentrate solely on the moment without giving attention to the past or future. But, to live in the moment is more difficult to those who have built up their tolerance to life experiences.

So who’s better: A person enthralled by video games and television, or someone who requires travel and new and exhilarating things to get this feeling of living in the moment? I believe neither one of these is better or worse, though one is certainly easier. But, at the end of one’s life, will an easier past be viewed as ideal?

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