The busyness of school is on in full force. Despite only having four days of class this past week, I’ve already got readings to do and assignments to think about. The weekend went by in a blur as well; I can’t believe it’s already Sunday night and I have to be awake in eight hours to start my week.
Nothing very interesting happened to me this weekend; I found some geocaches, saw a few friends, went to a pre-semester APO meeting, and got all my reading done up to Tuesday.
So far, being back in Madison has felt strange. I haven’t quite yet developed a routine, and I feel a bit lonely at times; it seems like I’m surrounded by undergrads that are perpetually hanging out, yet I can’t find anyone to hang out with. I am focusing on building better relationships and friendships with people I already know, with hopes that this year will be different than last year, at least on a social level.
Of course, when I do get this time alone, I usually do one of a few things: look up stuff on the internet, play games on my phone/iPad, and think. I could probably benefit from some more focused thoughts, but today I thought a lot about freedom.
Hokey as it may sound, I don’t think that we, as human beings, embrace and appreciate our freedom enough in our daily lives. If you are reading this, you are alive and free, which are two pretty incredible things if you think about them. I can stay in my apartment or I can go outside. I can eat and drink whatever I want, whenever I want. I can go out and get a big fancy meal or make something in my kitchen. I can walk around my apartment in my underwear. Which is not an uncommon occurrence when I am alone. I spent some time today meditating on recent and not-so-recent events in the news: Boko Haram, ISIS, and the like. There are people out there who don’t have the freedom they deserve, so we, as free human beings, should live with twice the vitality that we normally do, because we are free and we are alive. Go ahead, have that extra slice of pie, introduce yourself to a neighbor, smile at a stranger, sing on your way to school or work, or just wiggle your toes.
Soak up all the freedom that you can absorb.