Rushing through the Storm

In the first days of classes, I have been walking from class to class with my head down, battling the bitter cold and icy wind. I walk briskly as I try to get away from the never-ending snowfall and consuming gusts of wind tangled with snow.

blizzard walk
The common walk that happens during this time of year by college students.

As I take on that mannerism, I seem to be doing the same with my freshly started classes. Already, I find myself wishing for them to end faster and dreading the work that accompanies them.

As a friend and I were talking about this, we came to the conclusion, that too often we wish things away and that we forget to find and look for the beauty in the situation. Looking at this winter, we could choose to focus on the cold, the wind, or the way our hair gets messed up every time we go outside, but you know what, I am going to try take a moment and breath in the beauty of what is happening around me. Sure, if I breath deeply enough, my nose boogies are guaranteed to freeze, but that won’t stop me from seeing the unmistakable beauty that is swirling around me.

The same can be said for my classes. Sure I could focus on the stress that will accompany them, but I would like to try to focus on the enlightenment, knowledge, and skills that I will be gaining after I put in the work necessary.

All in all, I need to focus on not worrying about the present and thus trying to rush out of it and wish it away. To put it concisely, instead of worrying about the present, I should live in.


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Published by John Luke Hawkins

My name is John Luke Hawkins and I am a sophomore at Hope. I am from the small agriculture town of Tipton, Indiana. I love my new Home sweet Hope. Currently, I double majoring in Communications and Religion. When I am not doing homework (too often), I might be working one of my jobs as a Library Worker, Overnight Host, or Student Blogger. If I am not doing homework or work, I am probably doing something with my numerous organizations that I am involved in such as Dance Marathon, Gospel Choir, Intramurals, Nykerk, and a small group. If I come up with free time amongst all that, then I like to run, free dance, self-reflect, go on adventures, and spend time with friends. Hope College has really helped me discover who I am. Here it is in seven words: energetic, organized, contemplative, determined, silly, social, and intentional.

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