So from the time I posted last a few things have happened. For one, school ended quite uneventfully. That is always how I prefer to end school, just quietly letting it slip away into what will become “last semester”.
I began working part time as a photographer. This was really what I was hoping I could do something like this towards the end of the semester. I always need something that can help clear my mind, to let me think, and be creative. This job allowed for just that. I think my favorite part of the job is meeting new people. It seems when you have a camera people smile at you because they know you are watching them. Most people are ( or at least try to act) more open to talking. Meeting new people and talking to them has been great and its been very enjoyable. With the summer the work slows down ( a lot) but it is still a lot of fun.
Also I was able to go on a mission trip to help an organization known as World Relief. This organization works with people from other counties who have recently arrived in the United States. This was a very eye opening experience. Many people were just so happy to be here regardless of their situation here. It really made me think about my attitude. How do I respond when things don’t go my way ? Are things really as bad as they could be ? As I talked and built relationships with people there, it was very easy to see that I ( we ) have it very easy here in this country.
And so with that trip ending I arrive home again. That was a nice way to begin the summer. I now have placed myself in the company of many great books and given my time to writing and the pursuit of becoming a better writer. So with that I wish you a happy summer !
As I sit here deep in the middle of Christmas break I keep telling myself that if I don’t do something worthwhile I will end up in the spring sitting in class or with my nose in a book, telling myself that I had a month to do whatever I wanted and I didn’t do anything. I can laugh at this because I know I’ve been reading and doing stuff here and there, but it struck me that often this is the way I can live my life. Just moving along from step to step and not thinking about what the end will be. I don’t think any one wants to get to the end of their life and not have done anything. But I think as we live we can get so caught up in living from one big thing to the next that we forget the time in between.
For example, often in middle school I looked forward to high school. In high school I could not wait to graduate. Now having done all that it seems that the next thing to look forward to is finishing college. Now I do indeed look forward to finishing, but I feel that I should not over look the time I have here. We can often go through life jumping from one thing to the next. But this time is often counted as a whole, in such a way that we think in chunks of time. Sometimes in weeks, months or years we plan our lives around things that are “just supposed to happen.” I see some times that I want to just rush though life to get to the fun parts, but I think that’s just it. The fact that you are able to look forward to the future, the fact that you are able to work towards something is the fun of life.
This brings up a whole new world of ideas. One were we have to discus what we are put on this earth for, but that is a different post for a different day. For now we must remember that we do not have all the time in the world. I’m sure I’ve said that before, but its so important to remember that we are living on borrowed time. To live our lives going from one thing to the next will not get us anywhere.
I remember going to the museum when I was little. Often I would rush from one exhibit or display to the other. As soon as I got to one, I would be off to the other. My Mum would often remind me that if I didn’t slow down, I would miss a lot. I’m glad I learned this when I was little. This idea has stuck with me though life and has rung in my ears when I feel that I am moving too quickly from one thing to the other. I hope that now you will hear this is your ears too.