Back to December

“I’d go back in time and change it, but I can’t. So if the chain is on your door, I understand.”

This semester I have found myself in the midst of a whirlwind of changes. I’m finally getting into classes that matter, I landed an internship, I moved into a house with three awesome people and I met a great guy. But despite all of these great things that are going on these days, I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic when thinking about how I got here.

I think that life is full of successes and failures, but I believe that the way one decided to handle their failures is truly defining.

Do you regret things that have happened? Did you burn bridges along your path to the present? Were you selfish?

Or . . .

Did you live with no regrets, putting the relationships that really matter first, while remembering that your  life is a only a mere snapshot in the spectrum of eternity?

These are things that I have been thinking about lately. The college lifestyle makes it all too easy to get wrapped up in things that don’t matter, and sometimes we forget what is actually important. My mom always tells me to picture my life in 10 years and think about which of the people that are in my like now will be there then. 10 years is a long time. If I look back even 5 years, I can see that my life has changed drastically. So, how will it look in 10 years? I have no idea. The only thing that I do know is that there are only a select few people who I know will still be there, and those are the ones that matter.

So, amidst all of these changes I am trying to remember that life is short and when it is over, I don’t want to look back on a list of regrets.

I was listening to Taylor Swift’s new song “Back to December” when I realized this. I think that the quote in the beginning of my post sums up my nostalgia the best. The truth is, I can’t go back in time and change the things that I have done wrong, and I probably can’t fix some of my broken relationships. But from now on, I am going to try to live a life that I will be proud of in 60 years, when the only vision I have is hindsight.

 

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