As The Summer Sun Slowly Sets…

High-five for alliteration. WOO!

In approximately 6 days I will be starting the last first day of school of my undergrad – very likely the last first day of my UBC educational career. “How do you feel about that?” 😐 sighs for days.
I love UBC, and from all my past posts, especially from my first and second year, one can tell that I absolutely love this place. I looked up the hashtag UBC on Instagram and feelings of nostalgia is what I drowned in when I saw the results. First years with pictures of their student cards all excited to start their university careers…and I’m all “take me back”. First year was wonderful, all the hype and excitement, I could bring that all back up again if I wanted to. Starting fourth year on the other hand has a different kind of “excitement” boiling up in me. To be honest, I just feel old. Feelings of “been there, done that” surround me constantly, but no, I still have so much more to experience and I have approximately 8 months to immerse myself in the unknowns I have yet to know. #UBCbucketlist

Now that school starts in less than a week, the campus is starting to buzz again, people actually exist…this is a slow preparation for when classes actually start and you have to maze your way through 100s and 100s of students going in every which way – something I am NOT looking forward to, but that hustle and bustle on Main Mall by the fountain in between each class, that’s one of the things that make UBC what it is, “a place of mind.” Oh, the irony.

Places to avoid for the next three weeks if you don’t want to get trampled on: Bookstore + SUB and its vicinities. 

And we all forget the little things sometimes..

AAAANNNNDDDD it’s March(and by that I mean that we’re 5 days into it already :O )…I hate when the months just creep up on me like that. Classes have definitely been keeping me EXTREMELY occupied lately, sigh. The next few weeks are just going to be completely crazy and hectic and eventually, a huge blur. 😛 I’ve been wanting to make a post like this on here for the longest time(maybe I’ve written a similar one before? or maybe I wrote that in my mind? who knows, you lose track of the posts once you have some 300 posts, anywho, this can be the “updated” version) but then procrastination and school and other things got in the way of that, and therefore, that never happened. Now I’m just forcefully taking a break from studying for my midterm that’s on Friday(which by the way, I’m nowhere near ready to write) – please, don’t tell me that I’m setting myself up for disaster.
Recently, or maybe in the past month or so, I’ve noticed the presence of “unhappiness” and “confusion” and “frustration” among my friends….and I hate it. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. There are many reasons as to why they feel this way, but the part that nicks me the most is the fact that some of their reasons for feeling that way don’t seem very justifiable. So here’s something to think about: 
There’s so much in this world to be thankful for and a lack of appreciation can bring us down. Take each day as a blessing: your life will start to feel more complete, and you’ll get more out of your life. This is your life, it’s your time to shine, make of it what you want, don’t let other people bring you down or hinder you, and above all else, make it yours. You can’t always rely on the big picture that YOU want to see happening, happening. Things change, people change, this so called ‘big picture’ is CONSTANTLY changing. Let the little things in your life bring you joy. Life’s a puzzle. A big picture is made out of smaller pieces, so pay fine attention to the little things that make up the final masterpiece. The joy that you feel from the little things will build up and eventually turn into the big picture. Will every little piece in this picture be perfect? Of course not! But that’s what makes YOUR ‘big picture’ unique from MY ‘big picture’, and your friend’s ‘big picture’. Cry a little, but laugh a lot. Don’t rush. Take time to cherish every small thing and absorb the happiness that each small thing brings. You will never be happy with the final result of something if you’re not stopping on the way to take it all in one breath at a time. Let yourself be happy! If you don’t allow yourself to let loose and just relax, how in the world will you find happiness? If you fall, rise up again. A few cuts and bruises here and there aren’t going to destroy you forever. Just don’t knock yourself back down again because of it. If you don’t believe in yourself, would it help if I said that I do?  Go to bed happy, wake up happy and tell yourself that it’s going to be a good day and see the world from a more positive perspective. Exchange a smile for a smile. Appreciate the little things and your journey to the final ‘big picture’ will hold so much more meaning.  All in all, a small perspective change can drastically change things for the better.