There Will Always Be Good Ole Days, We Just Have To Make More

There Will Always Be Good Ole Days, We Just Have To Make More

Remember the good ole days but always make more.
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As we go home for the summer and begin our jobs and internships I can’t help but think about other events in my life. The past few months have been pretty crazy for me. In this semester I got to do some amazing things such as broadcast at a baseball game, close down my favorite bar with my best friend and witness my school win a national championship.

While these are some great events in my life, it sometimes can be overshadowed by the times that weren’t as great to me. I lost one of my favorite campers in a plane crash, the internship I had accepted in December had stopped doing the program two months before it began, there were times when I was down in the dumps and of course I had to remember that the people I started college with were graduating while I stayed an extra year.

There will be ups and downs at certain times but it's up to us to bounce back.

This semester was one for the books but I kept remembering a phrase from one of my favorite shows "The Office." While as goofy and cringing it can be at times it has also taught me some important lessons. From when Jim reminds Pam how important she is to him, Michael telling Jim to never give up or Michael writing a recommendation letter for Dwight, there are many moments that I have kept close to me. One of which is the phrase “I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them.” In the last episode, Andy Bernard is reflecting on his time at Dunder Mifflin and he ends with this line and in this line, I realize that through all the ups and downs there will be more memories to make.

Similar to Andy Bernard in "The Office" I reference the good ole days whether it is my time at Ramah Darom as a camper or growing up in Mobile. As I get older I learn that eventually it will all become the good old days and some of the things done in your past might not be as relevant to your present. Recently my best friend graduated along with other close friends. When I was spending time with them we kept referencing freshman and sophomore year. When bringing these times up I realized these were my good ole days in addition to the memories I created back in Mobile and at Ramah. Going back to "The Office," Andy states how he finally has his dream job and can go back to the place that was home to him. However, he can’t stop thinking about all the friends and memories he created at Dunder Mifflin.

When we go into a specific situation we look at it one way but when we leave we see it another way.

There are so many good ole days in my life but I have started to come to the conclusion that eventually they will all become the good old days. Each day along with our friends we continue to make memories some good some might be bad but when we next see our friends we talk about these memories as if they were years old. When I began college all I could think about were the friends I left at home and if I would meet people similar to them. In the four years I have spent at college, I can say that there are many good ole days but not every good ole day has to be a day that was earlier in life.

We continue to make memories and there are going to be many good ole days throughout life as we get older. We might prefer certain memories but we will never know when we are in the good ole days. We can make extraordinary memories and each day can be better than the last.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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