However, it is always essential to take time to reflect upon our goals, upon that which inspires us. Whenever I have time, I tend to just sit, to just let my mind wander without the reactionary nature of the daily grind pulling my mind in every which way. Writing is also an excellent way to observe in retrospect our lives; are we living them, or simply existing?
Sometimes, as college students, it’s easy to simply go along with the status quo, to do our homework, maybe party some, spend time with friends, etc. Though all this is well and good, I have found it very valuable to dedicate time to planning for our futures.
Usually this would seem to involve lists, planners, etc. However, there are much less stressful ways of preparing ourselves for what is to come! What I like to do is think about who I wanted to be when I was a kid. Am I that person? Have I taken all of the risks that are necessary to achieve my craziest dreams? I have some very inspirational friends that are traveling the world and experiencing all that life has to offer for them. They are taking that extra step, extending themselves outside of their comfort zone.
This step, the often terrifying one, out of our comfort zones can cause some serious stress. For example, coming to college, moving in with someone new, joining a student organization…All of these things trigger some deeply embedded fears. However, it is outside of our comfort zones that is where the magic happens. Next semester, I’ll be living in Argentina for five months. Although I’m terrified, I’m beyond excited, because I know that if I could have a conversation with myself when I was little, I would’ve been proud of the college student that was taking the leap that could forever change her life for the better.
So, to everyone out there reading this, all I truly have to say is: take every risk, drop every fear! Though it may sound cliche, there is great value in sometimes viewing life as an adventure, one to be lived with the occasional feeling of reckless abandon. To just live every single day as if you were the bravest person in the world. I’m going to try to do that for just one week, and see how it changes my life.
So, go out and talk to that one person that you’ve always wanted to get to know! Take that class that everyone says is too hard! Try out for an athletic team! After all, what do you have to lose? When you look back in your life in college, you will be grateful for the risks you did take, not happy that you lived safely within your comfort zone.
LeadHer™ Intern, Campus Calm™
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