Smell the flower


red and yellow flower
Dear Readers,

For college students, this time of their lives is filled with tests, work, school projects, and long nights.

I should know—I’m one of them.

The start of my day is getting up, checking to make sure I have my homework done, eating breakfast and getting dressed.

I am also running at five hundred miles per hour with a burrito in one hand and my hoodie in the other. It occurred to me when I looked at the sky and I wished I could take a photo but I didn’t have time to stop.

As soon as that thought popped into my head, I realized I was moving through life far too fast.

Too often, I find myself wishing this part of my life to be over. I keep pushing myself to go through everyday as quickly as I can.

But I am missing out on memories with friends and family. The late night Wal-Mart runs where I swear we are going to get thrown out because we are chasing each other with Minecraft swords; the long nights of staring at homework and chugging down caffeine drinks; and pulling my hair out as a project will not behave the way I want to go.

Too often I find myself stressed out and running to classes. There are days where I sit back and ask myself what did I do today and all I can think of is homework and classes.

College is only a short but critical time in my life. I should study and make sure I am taking the time to do a good job on my homework. I should attend class and prepare for tests. Yet, through all of this, I want to leave college with close friends and fond memories of this time.

I don’t want to be ten years down the road and not have any memories of being outside of class.

So take a moment—smell the roses.

Stop and look at the sky.

Enjoy life.

Make memories.

Your mark on life is not just your achievements—it is who will remember you when you pass by.

shadows on trees

— Poetria

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