If you’re anything like me, you’re probably running around like crazy, stressed about getting everything done and just trying to make it through the day. As these last few week before graduation speed by, I find myself nostalgic for the days of study abroad or planning the next trip - booking flights, marking maps, budgeting. I’m so busy looking forward to the beautiful sights, tasty food, and mass amounts of culture that I forget to appreciate the days flying by as the end of school approaches. 1 more paper, 2 speeches, 4 finals and then I walk across that stage (and try not to trip), accept my diploma, take more photos than I can count and prepare to set off on my next big adventure.
But then one evening, I’m walking home and BOOM a sunset like this stares me in the face, and I realize how much beauty I’ve been missing right here in my backyard while I’m dreaming of “better” places. I look up and I notice that the brown, dead grass has turned into a field of wildflowers (or what some people might refer to as weeds). All around me is a sea of purples and yellows. And while yes, I will never turn down a semester in Europe for a semester in Indianapolis, I am struck by how hectic and out of focus I sometimes let life get....
I’m so ready to be done with the next assignment, I forget to take a break to relax and hang out with friends. I know I’m about 4 months past New Year’s, but I’m making a resolution to spend the next few months (hopefully longer) really appreciating things. Because let’s face it, life never gets less hectic, we just have to learn how to balance it.
A semester abroad, college, and just life in general goes by so fast. Don't forget to take the time to enjoy it and make memories while you can because before you know it, it's over. So from here on out, I promise to take time to relax, never turn down a chance to make a memory, laugh with friends and always stop and smell the roses.