A Shell Along the Shore

Well hello! I’ve been hiding out this week in cubicles and classrooms either studying for midterms or taking them. This has been an academically challenging quarter for me but I have to say, it actually has been enjoyable. It’s just the right amount of challenge. I was a little rusty on the science classes but it’s refreshing to learn something new. As great as it is to study relationships and the human psyche, learning about sense and perception has been a nice shake up to the routine.

But I’ve realized that this quarter, no junior year, is just flying by. Literally, I can’t keep up with it. I’ve already been working at Disney ABC for 4 months, my boyfriend is about to graduate, and I only have a month and a half left to live in my beloved sorority house. I’m trying to appreciate the days but sometimes I feel like a little shell that just rolls with the tides. I don’t ever land on the beach and soak up the sun. I just float along.

So I thought of a way to put an anchor on my days. No, actually my cognitive psychology class taught me a way to remember my days better. One thing I’ve learned is that we remember much better when we rehearse our memories. Naturally, the most obvious way is to write it down and look back on it. Sounds simple enough, right? (How’s that for practical application?)

Here’s my goal: every day before I go to bed, I’m going to write down the highlights of the day—what stands out in my mind. And I’m going to put an emphasis on the positive. No, I’m not going to completely ignore the negative but I’m definitely going to downplay the drudgery and up the enthusiasm. I’m downright excited to start.

It’s 11:33 pm, May 3, 2012 as I type my first official entry. Today was a pretty ordinary day but I still want to remember it nonetheless. I think I’ll appreciate it more too when I look back:

May 3, 2012: Got fro yo with Abbie at Yougurtland—mochi balls are my favorite. Witnessed a miracle when Carrie Underwood’s song, “Jesus Take the Wheel” became a reality on the road for me. Felt relieved and happy leaving my midterm on Communication and Couple Conflict.

There you have it. A day that I’m more likely to remember than if I had just let it slip by, like so many other days. So, what are you going to remember about TODAY? Every day is special if you choose to see it that way.

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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