Why You Should Cherish Your Time With Your Family And Friends

Why You Should Cherish Your Time With Your Family And Friends

To my family and friends: I love you.
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Time is the most precious gift that we could give someone. Sometimes the most priceless presents are truly the most expensive gifts. We live in a world where materialistic items are important in our lives and we succumb to this ideology that society brings upon us. We rely so much on the possessions in our home rather than the people that walk through it. What we sometimes fail to realize is that time is the most valuable thing that we have. Creating memories and experiencing moments is an expensive way to live life. Our family and our friends are the true treasures we should give our time to.

The people in our lives are such a constant familiarity that we have no concept of what our lives would be like if someone were to leave it. Each day goes on, a second passes, a minute passes, and then a year passes. We sometimes do not even realize that in those minuscule moments we have impacted, missed, loved, and cried about someone. All of those moments are a second in time. We question sometimes if we went about something properly or if we should have taken a different route towards a situation. The time that we take to conjure up these irrelevant thoughts could make us miss a moment with someone we care about. Our family and friends are the jewels in our life. We realize once we experience a situation where someone is taken away from us that those fortunes in our life are not perennial. We are unable to fathom that in the blink of an eye, that person could be gone. We live in a bubble where we would like to believe that some aspects or people in our life could last forever.

Today is a new day, a new second, and a time to create a new moment. It is natural to have a life that completely consume us, but right now reflect and ask yourself what are you living for? My answer for that is simple. I live for the moments and memories I am able to make with my family and friends. You need to cherish each and every minute because there will come a time where that person will be gone. Spend as much time with those who matter most to you and hold on to them. So, talk to that person that you are scared to approach, love like you are going to die tomorrow, and laugh like that is going to be your last breath. Although we have grown and want to say we do not need anyone but ourselves to hold us up, I believe that is not true. My family and my friends are my anchor. They are the thread that holds me together. Now, for those of you that think you do not need them in your life; we sometimes will miss those we never imagined that we would. Life seems to have us tangled in our own lives, consumed by unnecessary thoughts that propel our priorities to go away. However, today, take a step back, and realize how many precious human beings you have in your life. I say this because the day will come when we need to say goodbye and we need to be strong knowing that we spent as much time with that special person when we could, and made many beautiful memories together. Count your blessings, say I love you, and live for the moments.

Live for the days where tomorrow does not exist while laughing and making moments with those that you cherish the most.


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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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The Most Important Things I've Learned From Taking Philosophy

The biggest takeaways that I have collected from my time in my Philosophy class.

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When registering for classes for Fall 2018, I found myself drawn to Philosophy 126: Mind, Brain, Self & Evolution. I figured the class would give me the opportunity to perform a lot of introspection during my first semester at college while also helping me fulfill some General Education requirements, and I couldn't have been more right. I've never had the pleasure of taking a class with such a loose agenda and the freedom to discuss every aspect of the information we are learning. That said, there have been a few major takeaways from this class.

First is the idea that you are not the sum of your parts, but the sum of your parts and the parts of everyone around you. Most people have heard the overused quote "It takes a village to raise a child," but this idea couldn't be more than true. We subconsciously pull so many of our habits, preferences, etc. from the people around us that we ultimately grow to become a community within ourselves, and there is something truly beautiful about that. It takes a village to raise a child to become a village.

Second, I've learned how important it is to understand that if some big philosophical or psychological or physical problem has not been solved yet, there is rarely going to be one solution to it. Millions of years of group thought have placed us in the intellectual shoes we are in, and yet we still question every day what our "purpose" is. There are thousands of theories and possible answers to this question, but who's to say that they aren't all correct? Some aspects of life are just too subjective to be answered objectively.

Lastly is the separation between gaining knowledge and experiential learning. Both are arguably equal in their significance, but we don't truly think about how immensely different the two concepts are until we are forced to. In philosophy, there is a theory centered around this experimental design called "Mary's Room." The story is that a woman named Mary has lived in a black and white room her whole life but has grown up learning everything about color and the human reaction to it (biologically, psychologically, etc.).

Once the door to her room is opened and she sees the color red for the first time, she has just learned something new despite already knowing everything there is to know about the concept of color. Experience is the most important part of the human condition and should not be disregarded when it comes to learning.

There are so many aspects of our existence that we never consider on a daily basis simply because we don't have to. There is something unique about people who are in touch with themselves spiritually: they have a greater understanding not just of who they are, but of who they are in relation to the rest of the world. In a fast-paced, Type A world it is especially easy to lose sight of the importance of experiencing humanity, and we often take this beautiful gift for granted.

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