October 29th, 2014 | Uncategorized
After placing myself in a multitude of completely new environments over the past few months, I have come to personal epiphanies at an alarming rate. My mind is active, my senses are ultra-perceptive, and my focus is broad yet sharp. Maybe it is a result of the beauty of the nature that surrounds me each day; the natural elements tend to have that effect on people. Or possibly it is the extended solitude that allows for a peaceful introspection.
While finding out more about myself, I simultaneously find out more about the individuals I come into contact with. They are all from unique backgrounds, and they all have their own story. Stories filled with pain, death, birth, tragedy, happiness, love, hate, fear, and any other conceivable human emotion you could conjure. But what is fascinating is that the more I learn about countless individuals, the clearer my understanding of the interconnected reality of humanity becomes. We are all in the midst of our own battles, fighting to stay afloat in a constant whirlwind of externalities. So tossed in our own immanent waves that we can rarely see the entirety of the ocean that we float upon.
We are all deeply deeply immersed in our own worlds, failing to realize that our own worlds are simply a construction of the bits and pieces that the worlds of others have to offer. But if we get too caught up…when we are too preoccupied with our internal to feel the reality of our environment, just remember….no matter what happens, for now at least, the sun rises in the morning. We are but a fleeting grain of sand in the hourglass of time. This is not to depress, but rather to remind us all that there are things much bigger, deeper, and more profound than our personal selves. Some would suggest looking within for inspiration. I would agree; look within others first, to truly understand what lies within yourself. Create happiness, spread love, and never be a vehicle for negativity. Peace.
Victory Scholar: Jonathan Nelson
Sport League: ATLANTIC 10
Present University: University of Limerick
Alma Mater: Dayton University