“‘I’m bored is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.'” –Louis C.K.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to be living and breathing. I’m completely guilty of this. I take advantage of how fortunate I am to have fingers that type on a laptop and eyes that watch as the words appear on the screen. My mother says “Your health is your wealth” all the time. It is so true. I completely take for granted that my family and I are healthy and happy. I had a high school teacher who always said “Everyday above ground is a good day.” We hear and see these inspirational quotes every day, and they go in one ear and out the other.
I’ve learned the importance of taking advantage of every opportunity. I don’t want to look back and wish I would have done certain things. Do you dream of a highly coveted job/college/internship/program that you don’t think you will ever get? Apply anyway. What do you have to lose? If you don’t get it, you will be in the same place you are now…except with the satisfaction of knowing that you tried. I’ve realized that time will pass no matter what, so it’s important to spend that time reaching for enriching opportunities and experiences. If you don’t, regret will creep in…which we all know is the absolute worst.
I am so thankful that my year on the road has allowed me to experience and explore so much of this big, vast country. During the last few weeks, I’ve traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Parsippany, New Jersey; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Flagstaff, Arizona; San Jose, California and good ole Kansas. Literally coast-to-coast.
While at the Epsilon Xi chapter at Northern Arizona University, I had the opportunity to watch the sunrise at the Grand Canyon. Two chapter officers and I woke up at 4 a.m. to arrive in time. Sacrificing a few hours of sleep was completely worth it. The view was absolutely incredible, and the pictures just don’t do it justice. There was something so majestic (never thought I would use that word in a blog post) and serene about my beautiful surroundings. Staring at this huge canyon (that’s been here for millions of years) made me realize just how small we are compared to the rest of the world. In the grand scheme of things, we are only here for a short time so it’s up to us to make the most of it.
After my time in Arizona, I traveled to California to visit the Theta Pi chapter at Santa Clara University. Their campus is gorgeous (it has a rose garden!) The women were fantastic, and they took me to delicious restaurants and fun spots in the city. I even got to treat myself to an acai bowl.
From California, I went back home to Kansas for my spring break. Being home was fantastic, and I even road-tripped to Lawrence (home of THE University of Kansas) to see my friends in the area. I stayed with Julia (my best friend/ADPi sister/college roommate). She organized a group dinner at a Mexican restaurant with a bunch of my Tau sisters. I really don’t think there is anything more therapeutic than over-indulging in chips/salsa/guacamole/queso while talking to your good friends.
This semester has flown by. I cannot believe that it’s nearing the end of April…which means I am only weeks away from wrapping up my year of travel. I intend to soak up every remaining moment of this incredible opportunity. This is no such thing as a boring day…especially in the life of an Alpha Delta Pi Leadership Consultant.