Starting senior year in less than 48 hours. Bring it.
Three things I’m really looking forward to, which have mainly just been the result of time and experiences:
- feeling very comfortable/at home in this place,
- being very aware of myself, and
- knowing who the important people in my life really are.
I think I struggle with all these things to some degree each year, and I think I always will, even if just a little bit. But over time, things just…feel better.
One of the things I’ve been meaning to work on is “making the most of things,” as vague as it sounds. (Certainly, it isn’t only limited to senior year, but senior year’s just got me thinking about these things a lot…) I guess what that means for me in particular is something along the lines of being very “present” in what I’m doing, as much of the time as possible. That’s not particularly descriptive, but maybe this helps:
Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
Earl Mac Rauch
I think I waste a lot of time not really being engaged in what I do, especially in what becomes routine. I know that it’s just the nature of things (people, places, tasks) – when they become routine and regular, we start to look through them instead of at them. But there is personal value and fulfillment in being very “present,” and I think in every situation there’s something to be learned or taken away, even if it might not be blatantly obvious or life-changing. If you’re going to spend your time doing something, or being somewhere, might as well be as engaged and pro-active as possible, yeah?
Along these lines: a friend once told me that in all the things that go badly in life, we always look back to pinpoint the one thing, or set of things, that led to the “downfall,” of sorts. But in the positive things, we rarely ever identify the turning points where things clicked, or the moments when we got lucky and it worked out. Maybe that’s because good things come about from a more complicated sequence of events, and I’m not saying that there aren’t instances where I know I was in the right place at the right time, or made the right set of choices and moves. But I think what she said was right in that there are actually a lot of those moments every day when really good things can/are about to happen, and we just mindlessly overlook them. I guess this year it would be nice to open my eyes enough to know when those moments are happening, and know what to do next.
To senior year, people – cheers.