August 05, 2016

Enjoying the Moment While You're in It

I'm not sure about anyone else, but I am someone who does a lot of thinking while driving. I mean when you're in the car alone there's not much else to do other than listen to the radio and be alone with your thoughts! Of course what's on your mind varies from day to day and week to week, but I think we would all be lying if we weren't thinking about something - regardless of how trivial or unimportant it may be.

The other day I was driving home from a long day of classes, the last one of the week, and thinking about how crazy it is how fast time is flying by. I was thinking about nursing school in particular and about how in a few short weeks I will officially be done, and saying goodbye to another chapter in my life. Out of nowhere came an emotion that is not one I have associated with finishing nursing school - sadness. I have been so wrapped up in the excitement of almost being done, and being more than ready to say goodbye to the past year, that I haven't realized that there will actually be a thing or two I will miss.

There are people that a short eleven months ago were complete strangers to me, but who have truly become really great friends. It's amazing just how close you can get with people in such a short amount of time. After spending day in and day out with them and bonding over the highs and lows of nursing school, you find your person or people who make it all bearable. I have no doubts that some of these people will forever be lifelong friends and thinking about parting ways so soon makes me a little bit sad.

Something else is about to change as well with the completion of nursing school. For the past seventeen years of my life, 'student' has been among my many roles. Come August thirty-first however, I will no longer be a student. Don't get me wrong, I will not miss the stress or nonstop studying that accompanies being in school, but I have always loved school and learning. There will most certainly be a part of me that misses it. Of course this isn't to say that I will never go back to school again, maybe I will, but until that potentially happens, a student, I will not be.

The point I am trying to make is that it is important to always enjoy moments and experiences while you are in them. Don't wish the time away, but also don't be stuck in the past. Just be. You never know how you will feel when you are faced with an ending, and you just might never get those moments, experiences, or situations back. Some things are easier to say goodbye to than others but regardless of how ready you are for something to be over, never forget to soak it all up while you still can. You just might miss it more than you think!

p.s. Happy Friday !! 

xo. G 

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