Wow has it been a busy few weeks.
Finishing this semester feels almost surreal. I only have one, yes one, semester left of my undergraduate education. All of the studying and exams will be permanently over soon. I have such mixed feelings because after all, school is all I’ve ever known. What if I’m no good at the real world? Job searches, owning a home, paying unending bills; it’s a bit overwhelming when I ponder it too long. For now I’ll just be thankful for the month break I have before a semester of hitting the books and then adulthood (the type of adulthood that is more than just your 18th birthday).
Tomorrow I pick up my boyfriend at the airport. It’s been three months and I can hardly contain my eagerness at work today, though I’m not the only one. I love the holidays on the last day or two of work when everyone is bristling with excitement, leaving a few hours early, and bringing in goodies to share. There is something about the Christmas spirit that brings out the little kid in all of us.
The only bummer about the holidays this year are all my college friends who are returning to their homes and then going to study abroad. Six of my good friends are spreading out across Spain, Germany, England and Venezuela. I’m so excited for them, but also bummed that I’ll be here without them and then I graduate and I’m off to…well I’ll figure it out in May but I can guarantee it won’t be Minnesota.
Life is starting. The real world is looming and it’s the scariest, most exciting opportunity I’ve ever been given. I just couldn’t be more thankful that I have my amazing boyfriend to help me adjust, vent, and cope every step of the way. He’s been incredible and I know will continue to be as I find my place in this big ol’ world. I don’t know what I’d do without him and the fact that he’s flying in tomorrow makes my heart (& stomach) do somersaults.
Besides all the big, exciting things going on there’s something small I wanted to share that I hope everyone is taking part in. #26Acts started by Ann Curry is the most amazing movement. After the horrible Sandy Hook tragedy taking the lives of 20 students and 6 teachers, Ann Curry urged the world to do 26 Random Acts of Kindness in their names. I started last night and although I’m still unsure of what I’ll do for all 26, doing just a few made me feel so united with the rest of the country. I’m a poor college student so by no means can afford to donate $10 26 times, but I can do little things. We all can.
Holding doors, offering compliments, paying for people’s drink behind you in line; all simple things we can do in the name of these angel’s beautiful lives.
Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”
– John Wesley