Sweet girl, look at you. So full of hope and longing for the future. Slow down, I’m begging you to.
You’re a dreamer, you probably always will be. I can hear it in the way you speak and see it in the way you light up with excitement over the idea of something new. Is there anything sweeter than a dream? Perhaps not, but do not let these dreams pull you away from where you are today.
Our lives are but mists and our today's will soon be tomorrow's: don’t allow them to slip away without a sideways glance. Look around you when you are in the company of friends and soak in what it’s like to be surrounded by these faces. Cling to their laughter, soak in their presence, store these memories in places where you know you won’t forget them. Enjoy yourself a little more when you go out for ice cream at two in the morning, memorize the walk to your car and the music that is blasted over the radio. Remember the jam sessions that were finished in the parking garage, the dance parties that were had, and the late night heart to hearts when every hope and grief was poured out. Remember the way your roommates look when they just wake up and the way you struggled to keep quiet when you got home and they were sleeping. These moments may seem trivial now but, trust me, they will be oh so sweet when you look back on them.
The late nights, early mornings, proximity of friends, annoyances, and sweet times will all be fond memories before you are ready for them to be. The world keeps spinning, people keep aging, and before you know it you will want every piece of these years back. Embrace the moments now so that when you look back you will not regret only living for the future rather than the current memories being made.
You’ll miss it, that is not a bullet you can dodge, but you can enjoy the time you have now for your future self. Sit back, breathe a little deeper, let time creep by a little slower; live today in a way that shows your appreciation for it, soak it in, and remember.
Time flies and before you know it everything will look different. Love where you are now, make the most of this time, and do not wish it away. Not on a boy, not on the excitement of a new place to live, and not on the pull of your newest muse. You are here today so live like it and most certainly do not rush it away.
The Sophomore Year of College You