Nathanial Garrod

Lasts

I am not very big on lasts. The sentimentalism of them just reaches out and grabs me. As a reflective person, I find myself spending free time thinking about what they mean and what transitions have taken place that lead to the event, and how the event is a transition for something bigger.

All year I have faced lasts, which is strange because many of them are “seconds.” Now I bear now on many of my last monthly things. As I supervise student workers, we had our last monthly meeting the other week. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with them and the interactions I have been able to have with them.

Talking with some classmates and friends, I have learned that I am not the only person experiencing this end-of-this-chapter sentimentality. I find myself wondering – what if we could be this appreciative of our experiences all the time?

When I was months away from graduating college, Nicki Minaj had a popular single on the radio when she sang about how she wishes that “I could have this moment for life.” A few months ago Pitbull and Christina Aguilera came out with a single where they sing about how “I just want to feel this moment.”

There is a lot to be said about living in the moment, and enjoying everything around you. Over the past two years I have experienced a lot of pain, fear and challenges. I has become apparent to me that enjoying the bitter is important. The bitter challenges make the sweet victories that much more amazing, just like we appreciate a nice sunny warm day after months of cold and rain. It is not always easy to appreciate the hard times. I guess that is one of the challenges of life.

What are some things you appreciate about your current chapter of life?

One Comment on “Lasts

  1. Paul Brown
    April 12, 2013

    Well said sir, well said.

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