Enjoying The Moment

Enjoying The Moment

Everyone seems to constantly be looking forward to the end of the week, but we should find joy in every day too.


"I can't wait until Friday."

This is something I seem to constantly be telling myself at least once a day. Why is this exactly? It seems that people young and old, in school or working, seem to always be looking forward to the end of the week. Once Friday comes, everyone knows they can really relax because the weekend is quickly approaching. It's good to look forward to things. This feeling can even motivate people in accomplishing goals. With that being said, I think it is also important to enjoy where you are in life right now, whether it be a Monday afternoon or Thursday at 5 p.m.

Everyone loves the weekend, unless you have to work. If so, I am very sorry. However, most people use weekends to have more fun and leisure time: spend time with friends and family or just chill out on the couch with a face mask on. However, you spend your weekend, at least parts of it aren't related to school or work and that's what makes them so enjoyable. It's like a two-day escape of life and responsibilities. So yes, weekends are great, but during the week isn't so bad either. From my own experience, I got into a really bad habit of just living for the weekends and just getting by every week and not doing many fun or non-school related activities. However, I have now been trying to find enjoyment in all days of the week, even on those dreaded Mondays.

In an effort to just enjoy my week more, I started doing some more fun things throughout my journey to each Friday. Some examples are: listening to music, talking to friends, journaling, and being more active on campus. Just taking some time every day away from school really helped me unwind more and enjoy the day. I have also just tried to enjoy being outside more. There's something about walking or running outside that really refreshes you. Literally, take time to "stop and smell the roses." It can really help with being more appreciative of nature and of your surroundings. So now when I walk to class, I try to not wear any headphones and just look around at my surrounding; just taking more time to be more aware and present in that moment.

Going along with enjoying your normal routine, I have found when I limit the amount of time I spend on my phone, I am more in touch with reality. Meaning, instead of being on phone between classes or before class starts, I instead talk to someone or just sit and observe. I think allowing yourself that downtime or time away from screens can be really beneficial of making the most of your current moment.

Whether you're getting up and going to work or packing your bag and heading to school, it is still important to find enjoyment in the everyday. By making small changes to your routine, you can find life's everyday schedules to be somewhat enjoyable. It's perfectly okay to look forward to Fridays, but also make sure you're making the most of every other day too.

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Working With People Who Are Dying Teaches You So Much About How To Live

Spending time with hospice patients taught me about the art of dying.


Death is a difficult subject. It is addressed differently across cultures, lifestyles, and religions, and it can be difficult to find the right words to say when in the company of someone who is dying. I have spent a lot of time working with hospice patients, and I bore witness to the varying degrees of memory loss and cognitive decline that accompany aging and disease. The patients I worked with had diverse stories and interests, and although we might have had some trouble understanding each other, we found ways to communicate that transcended any typical conversation.

I especially learned a lot from patients severely affected by dementia.

They spoke in riddles, but their emotions were clearly communicated through their facial expressions and general demeanor, which told a story all on their own. We would connect through smiles and short phrases, yes or no questions, but more often than not, their minds were in another place. Some patients would repeat the details of the same event, over and over, with varying levels of detail each time. Others would revert to a child-like state, wondering about their parents, about school, and about family and friends they hadn't seen in a long time.

I often wondered why their minds chose to wander to a certain event or time period and leave them stranded there before the end of their life. Was an emotionally salient event reinforcing itself in their memories?

Was their subconscious trying to reconnect with people from their past? All I could do was agree and follow their lead because the last thing I wanted to do was break their pleasant memory.

I felt honored to be able to spend time with them, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was intruding on their final moments, moments that might be better spent with family and loved ones. I didn't know them in their life, so I wondered how they benefited from my presence in their death. However, after learning that several of the patients I visited didn't have anyone to come to see them, I began to cherish every moment spent, whether it was in laughter or in tears. Several of the patients never remembered me. Each week, I was a new person, and each week they had a different variation of the same story that they needed to tell me. In a way, it might have made it easier to start fresh every week rather than to grow attached to a person they would soon leave.

Usually, the stories were light-hearted.

They were reliving a memory or experiencing life again as if it were the first time, but as the end draws nearer, a drastic shift in mood and demeanor is evident. A patient who was once friendly and jolly can quickly become quiet, reflective, and despondent. I've seen patients break down and cry, not because of their current situation, but because they were mourning old ones. These times taught me a lot about how to be just what that person needs towards the end of their life. I didn't need to understand why they were upset or what they wanted to say.

The somber tone and tired eyes let me know that what they had to say was important and worth hearing. What mattered most is that someone who cared was there to hear it.

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4 Things I Wish High School Me Knew

Every day has a purpose.


People don't give high school enough credit for having the ability to shape your life. It can build you or it can break you and often times there is no in between. As I enter into my senior year of college I have reflected a lot on my college career and how it really has been the best years of my life up to this point, but I know that without a doubt my life would have been so different in I would have known these things as a high schooler.

1. Your life is valuable

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:4-7

2. You aren't defined by your singleness. 

Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. - Song of Solomon 2:7

4. You aren't going to fit in

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2

4. Your clothes aren't going to fit forever, don't spend all of your money on them 

Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions." - Luke 12:15

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