I’m Trying To Appreciate What I Have While I Have It

I’m Trying To Appreciate What I Have While I Have It

We all need to.


Okay look, here's the thing. I seriously think about this every single year: Why is it that near the middle of the semester I cannot wait for it to be summer, but then in the middle of each summer, I cannot wait to be back in school again? I'm not kidding, it happens every single year. Is this because we as humans just always want what we can't have? I do not know. And this is just one example of it.

Something I am trying to work on a little bit, though, is being more present at the moment. Obviously, it is okay to be excited for the future or whatever else, but I am so over wasting my days away.

I think as I am growing older, it seems like time is going by faster. Is that even possible? My Dad used to tell me that all the time when I was in high school: "As you get older, time goes faster".

All the time. And I sort of just brushed it off and thought of it as just some cliche saying. But it really seems like he was definitely right, and I keep understanding more and more just what he meant.

Because of that, it is making me realize I need to value and appreciate things more. People, relationships, experiences, time with myself, you name it.

I can't imagine any human will ever fully be able to stop themselves from hoping for the future or something exciting, but it is worth it to try to at least slow down a little bit.

I've gotta be honest, I have never really been a "New Years resolution" type of person, at all, but since I decided to start doing this more a few months ago, things are so much more enjoyable to me. It is so easy to get caught up in wishing for something else, but it is a complete waste of time.

Like, the biggest waste of time possible.

I think it is so important to live in the moment, as cliche as that sounds. We have to enjoy the time we have or we are going to look back one day and realize time completely got away from us while we wish for it back. That Trace Adkins song "You're Gonna Miss This" could not possibly be more accurate. Time to go listen to it.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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The College Experience

A series telling the true experiences of modern day college students.


Everyone tells you to prepare for the best years of your life.

They tell you to prepare for all of the new challenges and new opportunities.

They say that you will meet your future people in college.

What they don't tell you is how much it will hurt.

Seeing old friends disappear because you are no longer home.

Watching your grades fall because the class is too difficult to pass.

Hearing and witnessing your family struggle and you aren't able to be with them.

Seeing all of the adventures that others are going on while you are stuck in your dorm room with the same stack of papers you have been trying to finish for three days now.

They don't tell you how difficult the transition will be.

They especially don't tell you how hard it is to live with someone.

The best of friends can live together and then grow to hate each other.

Complete strangers will move in and never speak.

You'll find friends that are simply just your "writing friend" or "band friend".

Many of the labels from high school can sometimes stick around.

If you're not out drinking or clubbing, then people think you don't have a life.

College is great, but don't think that it will be easy.

You have to make things easy in order for things to happen.

You can't just go around doing whatever and expect things to work out.

It takes time and it takes commitment to succeed in life, and in college.

The best way to deal with it all, find someone!

Find someone that you can get coffee with and watch sports with.

Find someone to eat dinner and lunch with.

Find someone to study religion and math before the next test.

Find someone!

Find your someone, a friend or someone special, to help you make it through everything that life throws at you.

If I had that someone I might have been better off my first year.


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