Let’s start off by saying: No, this article is not about Blink 182’s song “All the Small Things”. This article is about appreciating the small things in life that we, as humans, seem to miss out on.
As students, we are always focused on what we are doing in our classes, what deadlines are coming up, if we are prepared for the next midterm or presentation, when we are working next or when we are going home. When I was in one of the BF courses, my professor said to “relish your time in university because this is the point in your life when you can learn so much”. Ever since he said that, it has been stuck in my head, which is why I wanted to write about this topic. There are so many small things that university students seem to miss out on as they are always busy. Education and learning are so important, but there is much more to life than just that.
The small things that count are like the first sip of that iced coffee, and trust me, there are good iced coffees and bad iced coffees. Moments like when you get to sleep in your own bed for the first time in forever, or meeting up with an old friend who you have not seen in a while because your schedules just never seemed to sync up. A small thing that I personally seem to forget about that does make life more enjoyable is seeing the stars on a dark night. I live in the country which means I am always able to see the stars when it is dark enough outside. This always makes me thankful for the world that we live in and I love knowing that we still have another day to look forward to.
For some, one of those enjoyable moments is when your significant other brings you flowers after a long day, or when you finally get to spend time with your mother after not seeing her for a while.
The small things in life are what make life more memorable and worthwhile. No one should always just be focusing on work and school, even though that is what I end up doing 24/7, but that does not mean that is how we should be living our lives. On that note, I am going to leave you with one of my absolute favourite quotes, one that is always in the back of my head, telling me that there is so much more to life to experience. The Maine once said: “You are alive, but are you living?”