Looking back, looking ahead, look NOW

“I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good ‘ole days, before you’ve actually left them.” Andy Bernard’s quote from the finale of The Office sums up they way so many of us live our lives.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two years since I graduated high school. There are days when I’m amazed that I’m not worrying about a prom date, my AP exams, or stressing that I’m going to trip at graduation. But here I am, getting ready to finish my second year of college and starting to figure out where I belong in the world.

So where did the time go, and why do we continue to wish it away?

“I can’t wait to get out of the dorms,” the freshman says.

“I can’t wait to be 21 and go to the bars,” says the sophomore.

“Senior year is going to be the best! I can’t wait,” says the junior.

“How is it already graduation?” says the senior.

Some of my best memories came from my freshman residence hall. The friends that I made in my building were the people I spent the most time with, whether it was going for dinner, studying in Alden, or just laying around watching movies. Having your friends at such a close proximity is something I took for granted, because living in different buildings this year has made it harder to spend time together. Treasure being surrounded by friends.

We only have 21 years that we can’t legally drink and then the rest of our lives to do it. Use the time of being underage to appreciate the fact that you can use “I’m not 21,” as an excuse when you just really want to stay in and watch TV. Sure, legally partaking in green beer day would have been awesome, but so was the nap I took.

We’re always looking for the next big moment in life, when there are plenty of wonderful little moments happening everyday. Instead of wishing for summer to already be here, wake up and appreciate that almost all of the snow has melted and remember that wishing for summer would mean wishing away Fest Season.

Everyday should be the day that we make memories to treasure for the rest of our lives. Instead of waking up in the morning and having the thought, “I can’t wait to go back to bed,” wake up and tell yourself that it’s going to be a day to remember.

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