Spring break has finally arrived for me, and it couldn't have come any sooner. I know several of my friends are kissing the sand at the beach, and others are celebrating because they made it halfway through the semester. No one is ready for the second half to commence. It all comes so quickly and before we know it, exam time will hit.

With each semester, the classes get harder and our schedules get busier. I feel as if I never see my roommates. It's a rare moment when we get to sit down and catch up with one another. So, spring break is the time I use to catch up on my personal projects. I want to craft to my heart's content. I want to sleep as late as I can. I want to swap out my winter clothes for cute, spring colors. I want the flip-flop tan on my feet that won't fade until next winter.

Even during spring break, will I get a moment's rest? We stay so busy that when we have free time, we don't know what to do with ourselves.

I often say that I can't wait to be done with school. I dream of the cap and gown, my diploma, and the day I put my pencil down after my last final exam. Yet, another part of me screams to slow down and not wish my life away. Enjoy the time I have in college. Because...

...while it is immensely stressful, it is also a time I do not want to miss. As Scotty McCreery sings:

"Time rolls by the clock don't stop
I wish I had a few more drops
Of the good stuff, the good times
Oh but they just keep on flying
Right on by like it ain't nothing
Wish I had me a pause button
Moments like those Lord knows I'd hit it
And give myself five more minutes"

Such a good song! Sometimes I wish I had five more minutes of sleep. Five more minutes to finish an exam. Five more minutes of talking to my boyfriend. Five more minutes before saying goodbye to my mom each time I leave for school. Five more minutes of spending time with my brother. Five more minutes of my father's time. Five more minutes with my grandparents. Five more minutes of everything.

Five more minutes of spring break? This week will go by fast, just like the next two years of my time at High Point University. I want to make the most of it. So, if I'm tired all the time, oh well. At least I have blessed reasons to be tired.

Spring break is a time for rest and to rejuvenate. It's the calm before the storm and just what the doctor ordered. With spring break, it's a breath of fresh air and a time to get perspective about just how precious our time at college really is. One day it will be gone.

I remember the day when I thought I would never make it out of high school. Not that I miss those days, but it's the same concept. Those years feel like they happened forever ago, and now my brother is graduating high school. I'm caught between wanting to cry because he is growing up, or jump for joy that he is finally done with high school.

These milestones are important in our lives and I wish we all would take the time to appreciate these moments because they only come once. So, as spring comes and as the fever for summer sets in, take a moment to hear the birds chirp, to feel the grass between your toes, and to thank the good Lord for all those milestones you have stumbled through so far.