I have 3 little thoughts and blurbs I want to share with you about my day. Being incredibly ADD, the number of thoughts that run in and out of my brain every second of my life overwhelm me way too much not to tell someone. And who better to tell than y'all?!
1. I wasn't meant to live a conventional life.
Nothing about me is conventional. I don't live my life in the expected structure that other people my age live theirs. I live my life in a completely different mold; one that is my own. Today, sitting with Pierce, I worked on the Global LEAD blog and chatted with prospective students the entire day. My class was canceled, so I was able to stay and help recruit longer than I had originally anticipated. Pierce turned to me and said, "Are you overwhelmed? I don't want you to be stressed. School comes first." My only thought: I hate school. Well, I don't hate it, every once in a while I take a class that I really like, but all in all, I know I'm not going to write for a newspaper or report for a television station. I don't want to anymore. I don't want a traditional internship or a traditional job. I don't want to take math classes and science classes. I love writing, but I don't even like some of my writing classes. So as I listen to prospective students tell me, "I'm just trying to work this study abroad possibility around my internship," already we're creating a divide in mindset. There is WAY too much stress and pressure for young people surrounding the elephant in the room: the unspoken mindset of "You won't be successful unless you get a college degree, but not just any degree, a degree that means something, oh, and you need at least a __ GPA, and you need to have completed a good internship and have a good reference from that internship, and you needed to hold x, y, and z leadership positions..." NO. This is bullsh*t. I don't want any part in this conventional mold. I want to make my own, centering it around the things that I wholeheartedly love, the things in which I excel. I won't live my life based on a conventional model that doesn't belong to me. I don't do well in that mold, and I don't enjoy that mold. I want to do things my way.
2. I can credit that thought to a new quote I found today that sums up my overall feeling.
3. Nice people are the best.
I ride the bus to and from campus every day. There is one bus driver in particular that is extremely nice, and every time I have him, he seems to brighten my day. He has a memorable voice and a cheerful disposition, and when I walk off the bus he says every single time, without fail, "Have a good one!" I thank him, and he responds (again, without fail) "You're more than welcome." His voice itself is as comforting as his familiar greeting. I really appreciate his simple mannerism of kindness, and I can always look forward to it. He brightens my day, and he makes me want to wish other people to "have a good one" more often. Because really, whatever it is you're doing...have a good one!
What were your ramblings today? Tomorrow is hump day...we're almost there...
Have a good one!