afternoon thoughts

   For the past few weeks all I've been able to think about has been the fact that I'll be moving back in to Pitt at the end of the month. I almost literally cannot stop thinking about it. I count off the days and pray that the continuing weeks fly by.

     Today as soon as Ke$ha's Timber came on the radio I knew I had to drive around until it was over. I could never pass up the opportunity to jam out to one of my favorite songs. I was being my usual, obnoxious self with the bass turned up far to high while driving down the back roads with no where in particular to go. I felt like I could fly- not a care in the world. The mood changed abruptly when Stay With Me by Sam Smith decided to play. I cannot listen to that song without contemplating all of my romantic and otherwise unimportant issues. It has a way of tugging at my heart strings. Today was a little different, though.

    Of course, I still contemplated the usual. But the high I was just on mixed with the contemplative feelings brought on by Smith's vulnerability made me feel a strange sort of way. I was able to stop and take in the moment. For the first time in weeks I wasn't wishing for the time to fly by. I didn't want the night to be over so I could start tomorrow. I didn't want to fall asleep so that the hours would pass in dreams. As cliche as it sounds-- and I am cliche in more than one way-- I was able to find my peace.
     Now, I'm not the best with advice. Quite frankly, I suck at it. But as the last month of summer begins and preparations for school start, I would like to request one favor of you. I ask that you all stop and take a moment. I know your lives are probably crazy. Believe me, I totally get it. But do something to clear your head and ground your feet. Whether it be going for a run, taking a long drive, lifting, or just simply being. Whatever works for you. Appreciate the moments you have before you go racing to the next. Find your peace.

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