I started this blog from a spurt of inspiration. A thought in my mind that I wanted to impact other people. I came to the realization that I had learned so much about being in college and living life. I had made so many mistakes and run into so many dead ends in my life that I wanted to share my journey with others. I didn’t want people to make the same mistakes that I had, even though I know that making mistakes is just a part of life. I remember lying in my bed one night planning out about ten blog posts and exactly what I was going to say in each one. It was exhilarating and fun and I wanted to make a difference. I feel like in the past couple of months, the pressure to put out good blog posts that will be accepted by everybody has overtaken my true love to express my thoughts and feelings and to just write. With that being said, here is my newest blog post. Cheers to not being judgmental, to doing what you love, and to spending your time wisely.
Over the past three years attending UC Davis, I have learned a whole lot about life. But what I have come to realize is that the most important lessons that I have learned have not come from me sitting in a classroom zoning out to a teacher leading a two-hour lecture. They have come from me going out in the world and seeing new things and meeting new people. That feeling you get when you get to experience a place for the first time that is truly magical. The light that turns on when you see something that is truly incredible. Those are the memories that you are going to look back on. The people you meet when you aren’t looking to meet anybody. The guy who comes up to you and your friend at a bar and wants to know more about you. The musician you meet on the street who gives you travel advice. The boss who gives you an entire box of thin mints on your last day of work. The couple you meet who gives directions and truly cares that you get home safe. The nice man from the record company who gives you meet & greets solely because he wants to see you smile from the inside. The look in your eyes when you see a mountain that towers above you and the feeling you get when you truly understand and appreciate the place that you are at in your life. If I had to give one piece of advice to a college student or to anybody, it would be to travel while you can. If I never went to London, my mind would still be in the mindset that the world is just 3 miles wide and is full of bikers and cows. That’s what my life is like in Davis. Not that I don’t appreciate that world, but if I never left, I would have never known about the world that lies on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. And I never would have experienced the beauty of Zara. I mean.. my daily trips there after work were definitely the highlight of my trip.
This summer, there are so many places that I wish I could go. I wish I could visit my sister in LA for the weekend. I wish I could go to Laguna Beach and spend the day staring at the waves. I wish I could go to Michigan and visit my great Aunt. I wish I could visit my cousins and aunt and uncle in Hawaii. I wish I could go to South America. I wish I could visit my friends in New York City. I wish I could find a place where all you can see is clear blue water and sandy beaches. Scrolling through this page is doing a great job of making me want to travel instead of sit around at home all day. Make memories and capture memories. Make a journal or a photo diary. Sometimes we forget about all of the wonderful times we’ve had until we see something that sparks our memory. Just the other day I saw a video of the area I worked at in London and I almost started crying because all of the memories came flooding back. Or when I was walking my dog down the street last week and I passed this one house that I hadn’t seen for years. All I could think about was how I used to have a friend that lived there. Life is a huge compilation of experiences that form memories. Make your memories ones that you will look back on one day and will bring a big cheesy grin to your face. Those are the best kind because those are the ones that will stay with you forever.