Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

Jim Rohn

While here attending Brigham Young University, I have encountered many students who are putting themselves through a living hell in order to have a better future. They put everything away and focus completely and utterly on schoolwork, ignoring the fun experiences that they could be having. It is a good thing to focus on schoolwork, but not at the expense of all the experiences that can only be found in this time of life. A little sacrifice for the future is a good thing, but you shouldn’t be sacrificing everything.

Heavenly Father wants us to be happy, to live life. And He doesn’t just want us to be happy in the future, He wants us to live and be happy now. It may not be the complete happiness that we can have in the future, but we shouldn’t make ourselves miserable now for the promise of a better future. What if something were to happen and tomorrow never came? What about your happy future then? Live now. If you focus so hard on the serious things in life, then you make a habit of it. When you get to that point in life when you were planning on settling down, you’ll find that you’re a workaholic. You’ll be working insane hours to give your family the life that you think they want, when all they really want is you.

Slow down just a little bit and live life.