What would I do if I was blind? How would I live? Who would I be? I have thought about losing one of my senses many times before, and I have even had discussions about it. But this time was different because I have become so much more passionate about a career in sustainable transportation where vision will be imperative. On top of that I am returning to my roots of hiking, camping, and other outdoor recreation. I saw a blind man at Shady Grove a few weeks ago, and last night I couldn’t sleep for imagining what my life would be like if that was me. Continue reading
There is nothing quite like goodbye. The world is large and our paths are unknown. Every twist is a new adventure, every turn a new chance. But we must take care not to become lost in the folds of time and space. We must use the past to ground us. For if we become untethered from our origin, our paths will drift. And as they drift they will unwind and separate into nothingness, leaving behind all that we have gathered in our journey.
I’m sitting here trying to compose a reflection on my experience on Residence Life staff this semester and I don’t have a whole lot of motivation. It is the end of the year, I am sick, and I really just want to lay down with a good book and read until I fall asleep. But thinking about this reflection has me considering the effects of my decision to study abroad in the fall. Returning to a floor of residents who have little want for an RA has been a tough adjustment after the experience of my first year on staff. Given the other complexities going abroad in the fall created, I naturally wonder if maybe I did not make the right decision. Should I have went abroad this semester instead?
It is so easy for us to think about decisions we made and question whether we should have acted differently. But the truth is every action has a consequence, and the ripples are actions make have effects we cannot even begin to process. Continue reading
It’s been a couple of years. A lot has changed since then… I probably wouldn’t have recognized my future self back then. It actually seems a world away…so many experiences, so many people, so much change. Reminiscing now I feel like I have completely changed who I am. It’s not true, but that’s how it feels. Continue reading