I'm studying abroad in Florence, Italy this semester and I'm having a hard time slowing down. My weekends are filled with quick trips to different countries, rushing through airports and cities trying to see everything in the span of 48 hours. My days are spent trying to make the most of everything and taking in all the sites and smells of Florence because I'm only here for a few months. I fall into bed every night, exhausted from my full days and wake up even more tired because I know what's ahead of me.
This past weekend, my friends and I took a trip to Amsterdam, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. We spent the weekend relaxing, walking around and just taking in the city. We weren't concerned about seeing everything the city had to offer, we were just having a good time exploring.
It made me reflect on my life and how I'm so anxious to get things over with and anticipating my next steps. I think we are so focused on the future that it's impossible to slow down. We're constantly doing things in order to improve our lives. We fill our planners with meetings and opportunities that we believe are going to enrich our future.
We have to take the time for ourselves and enjoy our lives as they currently are. In ten years, we are going to wish that we had more fun during the prime of our lives-when we looked the best and felt the best. We have to slow down, eat the cake, and chat with our friends. We have to stop cramming things into our lives that we don't enjoy in order to fast forward our lives. We have to take the time to enjoy our lives in order to stop the constant anxiety that we aren't enough.