I read this literally 30 seconds after it happened to me - and this is exactly what I did =p
(Source: thefuuuucomics, via badbaadbeans)
Blink of an Eye
Time. It’s one of those entities that never marches to your own beat – instead, it keeps its steady tick-tock, even when everything else is going haywire and urging it to slow down or hurry up. There are those moments in life that you wish would end – the last few miles of a marathon, the last 20 minutes of class, the rush of traffic you’re stuck in, or the dark times in life (such as finals week =). However, there are also those moments in life that you wish would last forever – hanging out with your best friends or significant other, fun times with your family, your birthday, the holidays, or a celebration.
I feel as though the older I get, the faster time flies. When I was younger, a year seemed to be so long. However, it’s already October 23, 2011 – almost November – and part of me is asking “Where has the year gone?” When I think about it, I remember everything that has happened each month, but life as a whole seems to be flashing by faster than I can blink.
For example, this weekend - I’ve been looking forward to it since Sam went back to school in September. School has been really busy, and last week especially was insane, with no time to exercise due to midterms, care plans, 16-hour days, and losing my driver’s license. However, it all turned out well - I found my license after going back to the school, clinicals were amazing, and I got everything done and had some fun in the process. I knew the crazy week would eventually end, and I’d get to see my sister. This weekend was relaxing beyond belief - beautiful scenery, amazing food, good company, lots of laughs and stories, catching up on sleep, and having fun. However, it’s over, and I can’t believe how fast it flew by.
The good thing is, all of the hard and crazy times in life will eventually end as well. I’ll be done with school sooner than I think (next year, yay!) and eventually get my RN and then probably my NP. In life, you have to enjoy the process of things, such as the schooling, the road trip, the little moments - otherwise, you’ll get to your destination and ask “What happened to the time? What did I do while getting here? Who have I become?” As long as you’re alive, there will always be more tasks to accomplish, people to talk to, and memories to make, so make sure you enjoy every moment - even the seemingly mundane - because otherwise, time will pass you by, in the blink of an eye.
More is not always better (written on December 7, 2009)
Candy. Sushi. Money. Friends. Words.
Candy - I used to be such a sugar addict. Sometimes, when I bought candy, I’d get paper bags instead of plastic so my mom wouldn’t know how much I bought. On my 2nd trip to the Philippines, our carry-on had to be 15 pounds or less. 5 pounds of mine was candy. For the record, though, I shared most of what I bought, every time. However, if I didn’t do my 2005 New Year’s resolution, make it through, and see that I could, in fact, live without copious amounts of sugar, I would’ve been on the fast track to diabetes. More is not always better. Now I enjoy candy in moderation.
Sushi - Sushi is my favorite food. It’s funny, anyone who knows me now or knew me before always knows my food vices: candy and sushi (Hot Fries is on the list too, but I’m trying not to make this about food, since that’s not the point I want to make. Anyway, once I had it every day for a week. After that week, I was sick of sushi for about two days, and then I was back to normal. The point here is that more is not always better. If I have my favorite food too much, I’m going to get sick of it. It’s not going to be special any more.
Money - Who doesn’t want a lot of money? There is such a thing as too much, though. When you have enough to buy anything you want, including a small island, that’s excessive. You don’t have to work, so you have to find out what you really want to do. However, if you’re not the motivated type and you have self-centered tendencies, you can easily just live for yourself, without thought to those around you. Also, you’ll have to watch your back, because people may want you for your money, not for yourself. Living comfortably is enough for me - anything else is a little excessive.
Friends - Having a huge circle of friends sounds great. However, I’ve seen that the larger the group gets, the more superficial relationships become (unless you have the time to put in the effort to deepen 10+ friendships). I’d rather have 1-3 close friends that know me and love me than a huge group of 12 that I’m not super close to, and wouldn’t miss me much if I was gone. Yeah, sometimes it’s more fun to do things in a huge group, but I’d rather have quality than quantity.
Words - Some people talk a lot and never really say anything. They ask a lot of questions without really listening to your answers. They say things they don’t really mean. At times, this makes it harder to give credibility to what they say. As the quote goes, “there’s a reason you have one mouth and two ears.” Save your words if you’re not saying anything of value. Listen more than you talk (in the case of listening, more IS better). And most of all, have integrity and mean what you say. When in doubt, it’s better not to say anything than to speak without thinking.
Yes, at times, more can be better. But less can also be more.
Very true =)
Sometimes the simple things in life are the best - like caramel hot chocolate on a rainy day, finding a cute top on sale, laughing with a friend, or getting the full 8 hours of sleep.
On midterms, summer, and life’s journey.
You have a test tomorrow. Your notes, highlighters, and water bottle are sitting in front of you. You start studying, and one of two reactions occur:
1. This material is so straightforward! Why do I have to be tested on this?
2. Oh no, I don’t know any of this! What have I been doing all this time? Why did I put this off?
Maybe it’s a combination of the two. In any case, you look over everything once, and then take a break. Never mind that it’s only been 10 minutes since you started - you are now hungry. During your break, things that you wouldn’t normally give a second glance at suddenly become the most interesting thing in the world - a random iPhone game, that book that you were going to read last month, or a random TV show. Maybe you decide that you need to clean your room, go to the gym, or make dinner from scratch. After your one hour break, you go back to studying.
After getting a decent amount done, a friend asks you if you want to go do something fun. Another crossroads, another decision. Should I:
1. Refuse, and then try to study and regret it, since I know I’ll need a break anyway, or
2. Go, and feel stressed the whole time?
You’ll probably do the opposite of whatever you decided the last time this situation came up. The cycle continues, and at some point, you look out of the nearest window and think “I wish it was already summer.”
I know a lot of people have a hard time during winter quarter, but I actually do really well during winter quarter. When it’s cold and rainy, I’m fine staying inside with a mug of hot chocolate, a comfy sweater, and a book. When it’s time to study, substitute the book with notes and it’s fine. The thing is, when it’s sunny and warm, I want to do something fun - go to the beach, walk around the area, hang out with friends - anything but stay inside. Usually, studying is synonymous with the indoors. Spring quarter is the quarter when I’m least motivated.
Something I always think about at least once a year, and then later forget, is that you have to enjoy the journey of accomplishing your goals. I remember thinking one day, when I had just finished a huge care plan, “I wish I was done with nursing school.” I followed that train of thought, and then realized that there will always be something to wish for - a job, a house, a bigger house, a family, your health - until you’re old and your wish is to be young again. I have to enjoy every stage of life, because the next stage will happen when God wills. This is common sense, and like I said, I realized this when I was 19, but when life gets busy, I always forget until I have a moment to reflect. Therefore, I have to wash, rinse, and repeat again.
I like my life right now, and I like the stage I’m at. Midterms are temporary, summer is near, and I’m enjoying the journey.
I rarely use Tumblr, and that’s because we have a love-hate relationship. I love it because when I log on, I see a lot of cute pictures and quotes. I hate it because a lot of times, it’s just a bunch of reblogged information. Remember the days when blogs were actually about writing original thoughts?
I think I’ll give this another shot. I write for myself - may as well share some of my thoughts with the world. Who knows, maybe one of these crazy ideas will get reblogged =p