This Is An Enigma

Time is an Enigma

But so are humans.



It's different for each and every single person on this earth. Some of us are blessed with plenty while others time has been cut short. While each day passes in the blink of an eye, we continue to go bed at night and wake up and do the same thing we did yesterday. None of us know when our days will end, yet most of us rush through our days to meet certain "deadlines" in our lives.

For example, I am graduating from my dream school a half a semester early than everyone else my age. My best friend is graduating in the standard 4 years, and one of our very good friends is in their late twenties still working on graduating with a bachelor's degree. So, while most people say you have to graduate in 4 years not everyone follows that time frame.

In fact, no one follows the same time frame at all.

When my grandparents were 19, they got married. When I was 19, I was interning for a Congressman, working a part-time job and going to school. When Mark Zuckerberg was 19, he dropped out of Harvard to build the empire that is now known as Facebook. When Alexander the Great was 19 he had already conquered multiple countries.

Ann Frank only had 15 years on this earth while Sarah from the Bible had her first child at 90 years old.

Jesus performed his first miracle at 30 years old, Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 when he painted the Mona Lisa, and Alexander Hamilton became George Washington's right-hand man at 22.

Yes, I know this is all a bit overwhelming. By showing you this I want you to know that you don't have to be anything specific at a certain time in your life. As seen by the examples, everyone follows a different blueprint in life. So if you are feeling you're not at the place you imagined yourself at know you're not a minute behind schedule. Sometimes we focus so much on the future that we forget to reflect on the past and appreciate the present. Look how far you have come already in your life, just imagine all the new adventures you'll have in the future!

While most of us wish days away in hopes of a brighter tomorrow, appreciate the present moments both big and small. Remember life isn't about waiting for the perfect day as there are few and they are spaced out most of the time. Life is about accepting the bad days and learning from them while also rejoicing in the amazing days. Go out and make the most of your life today. You never know how many more days you have to stop living for the timeline and live in the moment. Everything will fall into place and will happen at just the right time.

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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.


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.


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.



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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