Starting April 6, for the next 30 days, I’m writing a brief essay every day and posting it to my Medium account in an effort to get off social media and focus on doing something good for me, both personally and professionally. To read my last essay, click here.
Maybe this is something all young people start to deal with as they age into their early 20s, but for whatever reason, the last two years of my life have felt somewhat defined by the constant experience of moving on.
This concept has both literal and metaphorical contexts. In the literal sense, I helped my girlfriend move over the course of the past three days. It wasn’t fun— as if any moves are — yet I often find I’m pretty good at steering the boat when it comes to mundane tasks like driving 12 hours from Point A to Point B or picking up a bunch of cardboard boxes and putting them in different places. As I wrote this, too, I added it up and realized I’ve helped people move in and out of places six times in the last two years alone, which adds up considering I only moved twice throughout my childhood.
In the metaphorical sense, though, I find I struggle to process things in the moment. When I’m so locked in and focused on getting something done — particularly something as stressful as moving — I feel as if I don’t fully appreciate the meaning of the moment in relation to how quickly my life is changing. There’s plenty of life left to be lived, sure, but you can only be 22 (and have a certain set of responsibilities) once, right?
I think this feeling of constant upheaval has also been heightened by the effects of the pandemic. Everyone says undergrad flies by, yet it’s hard to escape the feeling that I was robbed of experiences for growth and personal development when college effectively ended a year-and-a-half early.
The obvious solution to come to when discussing topics such as this one is to do a better job of living in the moment, seizing opportunities as they come and scribbling carpe diem all over my bedroom walls. I think I’m at my happiest when I’m able to balance this mentality alongside the various projects and ventures I’m working to implement, and that’s why this 30-day writing project has excited me so much.
The literal move did put me a bit behind, though, and plenty of my essays have ended up in my drafts rather than published. Looks like this week will feature plenty of catch-up writing.