Lessons from my Junior Year

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Hello all, Andrew here with a few things I've learned this year.

1. The world is bigger than me

I have learned to see things from a larger perspective. That sounds snooty or arrogant, but it comes from a mindset of realizing that the world doesn't revolve around me. There are somewhere around seven billion people on our globe, each with their own unique struggles and problems. When I think about that, my problems don't seem too big.

2. naps are the bomb

This isn't really a shocker, but taking naps is just incredible. Napping has saved my attitude, my GPA, my ability to function, etc... Taking naps is not a weakness. It is an opportunity to refuel during the middle of a hectic schedule. Taking a nap allows me to retreat, refresh and refocus before heading back into the grind. 

3. family first

I have learned to appreciate my family more since I have moved to college. It's not like I didn't appreciate them before, but especially after living away for a few years. I always love spending time with my family wherever we are.  (Also, this Mark Twain quote is funny and applicable)

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

4. our roots define us

This sort of ties in with the previous lesson. I think that our past experiences, the places we've lived, the people we hang out with, all affect our current lives. Just like a tree grows upward while sending roots downward, we draw from our past when making decisions about our present. This doesn't mean that we are confined to a particular image because of the things we've encountered, but I believe that they do have an impact.

5. we need each other

Sanctus Real released an album with this lesson as its title a few years back. It seems convenient to live with "lone wolf" mindset and try to do everything alone, but in fact, we were wired for just the opposite. From the jump (Genesis 2:18), God said that it was not good for man to be alone. After this, he made Eve as a helper. Even outside of marriage, humans are created to live in community. We can't do life alone. We need each other.

6. It's probably not a big deal

This may be my favorite lesson. This stems from #1: "The World is Bigger Than Me." Realizing that some things just aren't that important has freed me to live a fuller life. This isn't a plea for laziness or abandoning responsibility, but rather a chance to choose my battles and fight for what matters. For the nonessential stuff, I can say, "It's probably not a big deal."

Alright Choctawk readers, I've had a wonderful time writing this year. Thanks for reading. 

Until next time,

Andrew.

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