A song by Kenny Chesney called “Don’t Blink” is one of my favorites. It recounts a man turning 102 years old giving his advice, centered upon enjoying each day (heck, each breath) of life because it goes by “faster than you think”.
Having turned 21 in April, and in light of graduating college in a few weeks, I am beginning to reallllly understand how fast life goes by.
It didn’t really hit me until I was driving to class this past Tuesday afternoon.
I thought “after next week, if I ever return to campus, it won’t be as a college student.”
In many ways, it’s relieving to know that my 3 years of hard work is coming to fruition.
In other ways, it’s awfully bittersweet.
As stressful as it’s been, the long days on campus, working on assignments on the outdoor tables, studying in the library, and spending too much money on coffee was overall enjoyable.
I have come in contact with so many kind people, impassioned professors, and great opportunities.
However, I allowed myself to be so preoccupied with being a full time student, working multiple part-time jobs, and squeezing in volunteering/interning/extra circulars that these 3 years feel like a blink of an eye.
With my “college” chapter is coming to a close, I feel encouraged to stop, look around, and treasure each day in this phase of my life.
Because one day, I’ll miss it.