Stop everything you are doing and look around you. Look at the people who surround you. Are they all running to class, constantly checking their phones or doing homework? In college, it is so easy to fall into the trap of daily routines. It feels like everything we do is done automatically. We become machines that repeat the same things over and over again.
The danger of mediocrity in life is to fall into the self-destructive spiral that completely takes away our ability to properly enjoy the beauty of life. From my own experience, it takes a tragedy or an accident for a person to realize that our life can be abruptly ended at any second and that time is such a treasure that cannot be taken for granted. However, that should not be the case. It should not take the death of a loved one or the discovery of a terminal illness to come to this realization. We think we are going to have more time to pursue our dreams, to spend more time with our family and friends, and even more time to tell to that special one how we truly feel. The truth is time is not promised to us and we will never know what tomorrow or the next will bring.
As cliché as it may sound, living in the moment and being self-aware should be one of our goals in life. We are raised in a society that constantly tells us what we should be or should not be. From this, we create ideas of what we think we want from life and where we want to be in the future. It feels like everything what we do right now is for the sake of “being happy” later. Happiness is such an ambiguous concept designed by our society that constitutes a symbol for the finish line.
The truth is time is not promised to us and we will never know what tomorrow or the next will bring.
Why not live and be happy in the moment? Things rarely go according to planned. Even if life does not turn the way you think it should have, it does not mean you failed. There is more to life than reaching an end goal as cheesy as it sounds, it really is the journey.
As important school is, we must to enjoy other aspects of life such as time spent with our friends who we may not see after the graduation. Time passes quickly. Things change fast. We change gradually. Instead of dwelling on the past, forge a path you will not regret. Of course, it is great to want to succeed, but make sure that in the meantime, you grow and embrace every moment of your existence. Every minute is a minute you will never have again.
Meerim Djunusalieva is a junior international studies major.