By Olivia Crescenzi, Regular Contributor
I’ve been holding off on writing this next blog, because sometimes the tragedies of the world make us take a step back and re-evaluate. I don’t get surprised easily. Like most people around my age, I’d say I’ve almost grown accustomed to anticipating things. But yesterday’s earthquake in Nepal… man, that hit me. 2,500 lives (and counting) taken just like that. People with families, with friends; mothers, fathers, children, all taken away from the ones they love. Every 2,500 of them had a story, a story that was still waiting to be written. And, some of them may not have had the chance to find the point of it yet. One thing’s for sure, though. All of yesterday’s victims were going somewhere, searching, longing for their point like we all are, and that got me thinking.
I know I haven’t found the point of my story yet. Do you ever find yourself thinking that? Wondering when you’ll wake up and suddenly know your point, your meaning? I might be alone in this, but I think it’s perfectly normal. Yet maybe it doesn’t happen suddenly like that. Maybe the only time we’ll finally be introduced to our point is in our last few moments of life when everything falls into place in our minds. I don’t know. However, what I do know is that tragedies like yesterday’s earthquake, as cruel and unfair as they are, might serve to teach us that life is so damn precious, and that, although we shouldn’t be in a rush to find our point, we should be proactive while we still have the chance.
Today’s post isn’t meant to be morbid or sad in any way. In fact, it’s supposed to be the complete opposite, though that may not seem obvious yet. You may not have any idea about what happened in Nepal yesterday or even know where Nepal is for that matter. You also may not feel affected by any of this because it didn’t personally hit your life or the lives of those you love, but when things like this happen, I take them as global life lessons from Mother Nature or God or whoever it is you believe in. Lessons in which we’re supposed to learn compassion for those around us or even just to realize the importance of our own lives – and that’s the point of this post.
Wherever you are right now, on the planet or in life, I really want you to take a second to re-evaluate how you see your own life right now. It’s normal to feel stuck or lost or unsure; we’re all human. You have the absolute right to feel the way you do right now. However, that doesn’t give us the right to give up on the point of our stories. What do you want out of this life? You might not feel like you can answer that, but think back to when you were a young girl or boy. We all have, or have had, dreams; things we want to accomplish, moments we’re waiting for when we feel like our lives will just click into place. Yet, yesterday’s events made me realize that we can’t wait.
I heard a quote yesterday that really stuck with me, and I really want to share it with all of you: “Hope is not a strategy.” So don’t wait around hoping for things to come together for you. No matter who you are, how old you are, or where you live, you can make something out of this life. You can find that point. Make that point happen for yourself. Dig in deep, dive in headfirst, and you will soar. Your life is too previous, too special, to waste because of fear. You deserve it. I promise.
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Olivia is a twenty-year-old Microbiology & Immunology student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. On the (more often than not) moments that she's caught procrastinating her studying, she is just your regular teenager (yes, still) that values friends, family and dramatic reality TV more than anyone. She is a collaborator, an empathizer, and pretty middle ground between an idealist and a realist. Most importantly and above all, however, she's obsessed with our culture as young girls and women, and she wants nothing more than to delve deep into this important discussion with you.
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