Reflectorial: Lunch. Dogs. Sunshine.
You heard it here first. The hot scoop on the things in life that really matter: dogs and lunch.
But for real, these are the little things that make life worth living. I know that during exam season and the final, dragging weeks of school, it’s hard to remember what life is all about. Yeah, yeah education, work, health etc. are vital. But at the end of it all (both school and life) you’ll look back at all the tiny moments that made up your biggest experiences.
Sometimes we don’t even realize that we’re in the middle of moments that we’ll remember forever. In 2014, I travelled to India for two months. During my trip, I often felt hot, sweaty and overwhelmed. But now, I remember the tiniest things. Things I wasn’t even consciously taking in at the time. Like the way light from the candles illuminated the Ganges River, the smell of incense burning next to a statue of Vishnu or the smiles of the kids I met at the ashram where we stayed.
As I prepare for my final week of my five-year stint at MRU, I have a feeling that my memories about school are going to come back to me the same way.
As we go through the motions, sleep-deprived, stressed-out and overwhelmed, we’re also spending time with amazing people, learning about the world and becoming the people we will be for the rest of our lives.
You won’t remember anything about the project that you and your group pulled an all-nighter to finish but you will remember laughing hysterically with them when sleep-deprivation insanity set in.
You won’t remember whether you got an A or B grade on your poli-sci paper but you will remember the professors that changed your worldviews forever.
My point? Even when you’re panicking about an assignment or studying with friends until 3 a.m., you should stop, take a breath and remember that despite a lifetime of preparations for the next big thing, life is happening, right here, right now.