Time is a funny thing. Each day is a new day, a full day ahead of you, yet somehow weeks fly by and months fly by and suddenly, you’re in the second semester of college when you swear you’ve barely made it past your awkward phase in seventh grade. As cliché as it sounds, time really does go by faster as you get older. Days feel shorter and weeks feel shorter and years feel shorter. Life suddenly feels rushed, and despite how much time you may have in a day, things catch up with you. An assignment that wasn’t due for a month is now due tomorrow, and you have to do three loads of laundry, and you promised your mom you would call. And with your adrenaline rushing to meet a deadline, your conscience clouded with obligations to friends, and your general health and wellness begging to be attended to, you often feel like you’re being crushed under the weight of time. Instead of making time our friend, we make it our enemy. We criticize its scarcity instead of appreciating its abundance. We fail to find balance, and in doing so, we fail to care for ourselves. We neglect our wellbeing and lose sight of our goals. We live life to get something over with, instead of living life to appreciate each day.
I can’t say I’m an expert in balance after a few months in college. I am a huge procrastinator, with the classic excuse of “I work best under pressure”. I’m not good at planning ahead, and I’ll be the first to admit that. College has definitely been a juggling act, where I often feel like I have to sacrifice a ball to keep the others in the air. Whether that be missing a social activity, or losing sleep, or failing to get work done, I have experienced sacrifices in all aspects of my life at different points. But looking at time through the lens of sacrifice only makes us antagonize time instead of appreciate it. Thus, balance is about mindset. It’s about prioritizing, not sacrificing. It’s about feeling good about accomplishing a task instead of rushing through it to get it over with. It’s about learning to appreciate time instead of wishing it away.
Time is a funny thing. Each day is a new day, a full day ahead of you, yet somehow weeks fly by and months fly by and suddenly, you’re in the second semester of college…
and you take a step back, take a deep breath, and things just start to slow down.