5 years is a long time when you look to the future, but when you look back in time, it seems a lot shorter.
I went vegetarian my freshman year of high school. As time went on, I became more and more strict about it until I got to the point where I am today. Freshman year was 5 years ago. It’s hard to wrap my mind around that. It’s been a long time since I’ve had meat, and I find that I don’t really miss it. I never would have thought that I’d still have this lifestyle after 5 years. I wonder if I can keep it up for another five. The more I think of it, the more I think I might just stay like this the rest of my adult life. I kind of like it.
Many religions talk about forgiveness. It’s not without its merits; they believe that forgiveness will allow you to connect with a deity and absolve you of sin and things like that. I’m not entirely sure because I don’t keep to a religion. I like learning about them, but I don’t follow them closely.
I do think that forgiveness is important. If you hold onto things forever, it will start to eat you from the inside out. I don’t believe in “forgive and forget” mostly because of the forgetting part (it’s stupid to forget a wrong because that could make you susceptible to the same thing happening again), but I think that it’s okay to forgive people, especially when you know they’re just doing what they think is right. Forgiving is good for the soul, if such a thing exists (and I think it does); it helps cleanse the conscience, if that also exists (and I think that does too). Most importantly, though, it helps you move on.
If we never move on, if we always cling to the past, we don’t get to grow and develop as people. It’s hard, and it’s incredibly painful. It took 8 years for me to figure that out, but it’s worth it.
From thoughtful mind:
“Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.”
― Marianne Williamson
By the one and only Frank Sinatra! “Easy listening” according to iTunes.
Cold water pelts down from the sky
Smacking each person in the face
Umbrellas shared by friends.
People sprint across the quad,
Looking up to the sky in prayer
Only to get a raindrop in the eye.
Robins scurry across the grass
Feverishly hopping to and fro
Waiting for those poor worm souls
That are drowning in their homes.
All the while I sit and wait
Watching from my hidden space
Far above most other people.
I sit and watch
And wonder what it must be like
To share an umbrella with a friend.
When I was little, I was obsessed with dinosaurs. In first grade, we had library days once a week, and I’d always go over to the books about dinosaurs and take out at least one of them. It was my goal to get through all of them. They were short books with colourful pictures, and I loved learning about the ancient creatures. They were the most interesting things to me! At that point in my life, at age 6, I decided I wanted to be a person who discovers dinosaurs.
As I grew older and started to read other books, I stopped being so in love with dinosaurs. They were cool, but I was a lot more interested in Encyclopedia Brown and Harriet the Spy. I switched between wanting to be a doctor and wanting to be a teacher.
Now I’m in college have no idea what I want to do. They just discovered a new amphibian from (probably) the Late Triassic Period. It’s apparently the size of a car (and I don’t think they mean my Mini) and had loads of teeth. Maybe it’s not too late to go discover dinosaurs. It could be fun. Or it could be frustratingly futile. It’s probably a combination of both, but that’s okay.
Anyone interested in learning more about this new discovery: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/razor-toothed-prehistoric-salamander-was-size-of-a-car/
This was shared by one of my professors and I thought it was interesting.