This time last year, I was almost a week into my three-week Peruvian adventure, having the time of my life. Two years ago tomorrow, I was walking across the stage at High Point University, graduating from Undergrad. Both times, I was half terrified, half excited and entirely out of my mind with joy.
It’s funny how much things can change in 365 days. My friend Meg wrote a blog post about her time since she graduated last year (it’s a good one, you should read it here) and it really got me thinking about time.
Someone once told me that days are long, but years are short. Sometimes, when the days stretch on and on and on, it is hard to believe that years would ever fly by, but they do. In a blink of an eye, I’ve graduated, started working, traveled to Peru and Canada and Ireland, made great friends, gone on terrible dates, gone on great dates, lost loved ones and gained new ones, learned new skills and brushed up on old ones.
Maybe I’m just being sentimental and nostalgic today partially because of Meg, and partially because my baby brother is graduating from college this week (YIKES). Thinking about time and paths, I’m happy where I am, and I’m glad that I’ve done everything I’ve done – mistakes and all. I’m even more excited about what I’ll do next. How does that saying go? The world is my oyster?
I went for a bike ride this afternoon, something you would never have caught me doing a year ago. With a really nice guy (one of those good dates, you know) – another thing I wasn’t really doing a year ago (going on good dates, I mean). We biked by the very first house I lived in NC and it was a real blast from the past. While we were creepily sitting out front, a little boy burst through the front storm door, much like my brother and I used to do when we were his age. So much has changed, and yet there is always something familiar about it all.
No, I’m not on some sort of exotic adventure or completing a major milestone this weekend, but I’m having a perfectly wonderful adventure of my own and I’m loving it.
Here is to loving life yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Embrace your adventure, no matter how big or small, because they’re right-
The days are long, but the years are short.
Until next week,