Time. – Anina

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In today’s busy world, we often focus on our lack of time. I know I have. One of my biggest complaints is that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the things I need to get done.  I’ve spent most of my life focusing on my lack of time, when in reality I should’ve been focusing on the time I do have. Time is a gift.

This past week Aviva came out to California. We spent the early part of the week going to classes together and studying. On Thursday we drove down to LA to visit some friends. We were able to visit our cousin who is finishing up his time at Stanford University on our way down and another cousin who is in her freshman year at Calpoly on our way back. While in LA area we visited with friends from back home who are going to school there.

The weekend was filled with deep conversations, adventure, interesting playlists, reminiscing, and a lot of laughs. Whether we like it or not, Time is passing. We’re growing up, changing and growing. It sucks sometimes, but it can also be a beautiful thing.

We would not have been able to do a trip like this two years ago because we were too young. We probably will do more road trips in the future, but this exact trip won’t be repeated. The experiences we had will always exist, but only as cherished memories.

This time is unique and special and we are learning to cherish it.

I don’t want to take time for granted anymore. I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that today won’t repeat itself. The time I had with Aviva was incredible and I enjoyed every second of it. I wasn’t thinking about how I only had a week with Aviva, but instead on what we could do together today.

Last year I went home for this weekend. The entire time I was home, I kept thinking about how I only had 48 hours home and that in 48 hours I would have to go back to school. I spent the entire time focusing on the time I didn’t have instead of enjoying the time I did have.

This year I enjoyed the time I had. I enjoyed the conversations, the friendships, the family, and the places we visited. I appreciated the gift I’ve been given instead of wishing for something that doesn’t exist. No matter how much we complain, we will only have 24 hours in a day. So instead of wishing there was an extra 10 hours everyday, I’m going to focus on making the most of the hours I do have. We’ve been given today. 24 hours. We don’t know if we have tomorrow, so let’s make the most of the time we do have because it won’t repeat itself. And be grateful for 



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