It’s the end of May, which means summer break, vacations, sunshine, and tanning is almost in reach… But first I have to get through finals.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably already checked out of the school year and are practically coasting through classes until the last bell. It’s so easy to feel spent from the year and want to just give up.
But right now is the most important time to focus. The feeling of just wanting to get to the end of the school year reminds me of this poem by an anonymous author:
First, I was dying to finish high school and start college.
And then, I was dying to finish college and start working.
And then, I was dying to marry and have children.
And then, I was dying for my children to grow old enough for school.
And then, I was dying to retire.
And now, I am dying…
and suddenly, I realize I forgot to live.
This is a really great poem to read amidst stress and the anxious stretch right before summer. It really makes me want to savor these moments I have in the middle. I’m in the middle of midterms and finals. I’m in the middle of child and adult. We’re all in the middle of something. Instead of waiting, go out and live in the moment. Put the work in, and you’ll reap the benefits. You’ll make better memories than if you’d stayed at home, simply waiting for the end to come.
Don’t be dying all your life to get to some end goal. Live the journey, because the journey is what will make the end result that much more worthwhile.