as indestructible.

Thanksgiving is over and now Christmas can begin!

But really, yesterday was amazing. So much fun and family and food. When we got home I actually almost fell into a food coma.

When I woke up this morning though, I became starkly aware of something:

The next two weeks are going to be hell.

This next week back is hell week and I have a lot of exams and a research paper due. I fly back from California on Saturday night and then all of Sunday will be spent studying and writing and completing assignments.

Then, the following week is finals. A few of my finals shouldn’t be too difficult to study for, but Genetics… Ooh Genetics is going to be a nightmare. Honestly, I might drop off the grid for a little while in the next 14 days.

Regardless, there’s one thing that I’ve been focusing on prioritizing:

This is just a small fraction of life. All of these assignments and exams are important, and I get that, but so am I and so are you.

When it starts to feel like a grade is going to become a part of who you are, a defining feature of your entire self, that’s when school becomes a problem.

I’ve played that game before and I always end of feeling terrible, so that’s not going to happen this time around.

So, dear reader, if you are a college student preparing to enter into the last few weeks of school, this is a message to you as much as it is to myself:

You are more than this. And you can do this. If life were an hourglass, this is but a grain of sand. Life will continue on no matter what happens. The people that surround you will continue to care deeply about you, no matter your GPA or final grade. You deserve sleep and time with friends and to laugh and relax. You owe it to yourself to be productive in school and in your own life.

Life will hit you with a bunch of stuff, most of which is entirely out of your control. What you do own in your reactions.

Will you let this take you down or build you up?

Will you die in the fire or be born from it?

That’s all your choice.

So for the next 14 days, for the rest of your life, own your reactions and your story. And remember that the best is both happening and yet to come.

Keep your head up. Work hard. Live fully.

I believe in you. Power on.

Love,

Juliana

“Those awful things are survivable because we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be.”

 

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