I’ve mentioned my 2017 focus word a lot, especially regarding how much more positive my life has been as a result of completely throwing myself behind it. Making that decision was one of the best things I could have done for myself personally and it’s led me to appreciate so much more.
I’ll take an experience, connection, or time over a material thing any day. It seems I’m always drawn to what’s hard to put into words, so we’ll see how this list of intangibles goes! Keep reading for some of my favorite intangible (or close enough to intangible) things in life right now!
I love being up in the morning (as I’m sure you’ve gathered by now), especially when the sky is clear, the sun is rising, and you can just tell it’s going to be a great day. Yeah, sometimes it’s chilly, sometimes I’m running super late, and sometimes I’m not functioning on nearly enough sleep, but there’s something about walking in the fresh morning air and calm sun that just embodies living, you know? I really enjoy seeing campus slowly wake up and come to life. These are the best times to put your phone away and take it all in.
Warm Days on Campus
Similar to beautiful mornings, walking through campus on nice days is the perfect opportunity to appreciate how fortunate I am to be able to live and learn at such an amazing university. College campuses in particular are so rewarding since everyone gets out and away from their computer screens; it just looks and feels so, well, college. It doesn’t matter how stressed or overwhelmed I am, seeing everyone outside and enjoying themselves makes me so happy. Not to mention the good weather makes my walk back to the dorm seem so much shorter 😉
You know those days when you just want to drive? No destination in particular, just you, the radio, the windows rolled down, and the open road? It’s so liberating and I love it so much. I’m usually not a fan of driving just because it can be such a hassle (and I drive home in rush hour too often), but I’ve noticed that Saturday mornings after cycling almost always feel like this. Maybe it’s that morning air, maybe it’s the energy from class, or maybe it’s just a good song, I don’t know. Regardless, it’s such a great way to start the weekend!
Packed Cycling Classes
I’ve briefly mentioned before how I fell in love with indoor group cycling, but a full class is what really sells the experience. The sense of community, support, and team achievement is unreal. It makes you want to work harder and you do! It’s incredibly energizing, especially first thing in the morning, and you only slightly feel like you’re dying 😉
Good Conversations With Good People
You guys, I love people. My high school friends are probably laughing at that declaration and everyone who has only seen me at my most quiet, introverted state is probably incredibly confused, but it’s true, people make me so happy. I’ve branched out a lot since coming to college and I’ve met some amazing, interesting, and inspiring people. Sometimes, it’s just the person in line behind me or someone who holds the door. Other times, it’s the people I’ve crossed the country with or those who shaped my childhood. They range from people I make a quick comment or exchange with in passing and will never see again to those who have forever become a part of my second family. Like most people, I always prefer meaningful conversation over topics like the weather, but even small talk with random strangers can be such a mood-booster for no apparent reason. Human connection has easily become one of my favorite things in life and it’s easily one of the most important.
– Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
I hate programming. I hate anything technical about computers and I don’t understand any of it. If you’ve talked to me in the past three weeks, I’ve definitely mentioned how Python is taking over my life and it’s so enjoyable. Just kidding. That’s a lie. Save me.
It’s true, though, that one of the best feelings is finally getting your program to actually work. The problem could be as simple as an extra space or missing colon, but once you find your bug and get rid of it, the relief is real. Recently, these little epiphanies ( 😉 ) have been few and far between for me, but that’s beside the point…
I’m generally an extreme planner. If I don’t know exactly what’s going on and when, I’m an anxious mess. You can ask the majority of people I make plans with, I will text them in a panic to find out exactly what I’m supposed to do, exactly where I’m supposed to go at exactly what time, and exactly what I’m supposed to do when I get there. I used to hate having to wait for someone by myself and meeting someone at a restaurant or the student union was a nightmare.
Recently, though, I’ve found myself more or less moving away from some of that. I’m a little more comfortable with figuring things out as I go and some of my favorite adventures are the ones that come up at the last minute.
I love going for ice cream with my roommate late at night or deciding to power through and binge more episodes of The Walking Dead than we probably should. I love running into my sisters on campus and making an impromptu lunch or dinner date. I love when my best friend calls me out of the blue, dying laughing at something only we would find hilarious. I love waking up to a “let’s get breakfast” text or finding a cool campus event in an email newsletter and deciding to go ten minutes before it starts.
Are any of those extreme, true representatives of what it means to be spontaneous? Probably not. But hey, when you have a packed calendar, anything new and unplanned can be super exciting.
Looking Back And Seeing That Life Worked Out Just The Way It Was Meant To
So many times things have not happened like I expected or initially hoped for. In those moments, it always seems like life is falling apart, like my future is ruined and I just missed out on a life-changing opportunity.
That has never ended up being the case though. I’m a strong believer that everything turns out as it should, that what happens is what’s meant to be. I’ve of course seen this countless times in my own life, but being witness to it happening to others as well has been just as eye-opening.
So there you have it. You guys, life is amazing and beautiful and I probably say that way too much, but it’s okay. Fall in love with your life. Fall in love with every aspect of it and never let go because
“If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.” -Daisaku Ikeda
~What are you loving in life right now?