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Celebrate being young


By Greg Olsen          Posted: 11/08/12 8:50pm         

For someone who complains about being too busy, I was blessed with an incredible talent for wasting time.

Whether it be browsing through YouTube when I should be studying or stumbling across websites in the middle of class, the Internet has provided my college years with the ultimate procrastination tool capable of distracting my attention long enough to make the smallest task seem impossible.

Although my routine “surfs” usually end in me realizing I’ve wasted an hour of my day scanning through endless pages of insubstantial content, this afternoon I was fortunate enough to land on something quite different.

As I was rummaging through the Internet during class, I came across a blog site called the Thought Catalog, which featured a post titled: ““21 Ways You Should Take Advantage of Your 20s”:http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/21-ways-you-should-take-advantage-of-your-20s/.”

Despite being notorious for blindly skipping over pages that present content in any form other than video, the relevancy of the title sparked my interest. Instead of clicking my mouse pad and sending myself back out into the web, I decided to read the post in its entirety, and was amazed at what I found.

Rather than rambling off 21 tips for getting rich fast or perfecting that troublesome part of your body, the Thought Catalog’s post offered suggestions for ways to celebrate the ups and downs to being young. While many of these lessons were random, and included suggestions like staying up late and savoring a hangover, I couldn’t help but think how applicable the message behind the list was to my daily life.

Although finding spare time while in college can seem like an impossible task, I think it always is important to remember to take time and appreciate the point we’re at in our lives.

As college students, we’re lucky enough to live in an environment where our educational development is intertwined with social situations that shape the people we eventually become.

Even though it took a blog post for me to realize this, I think everyone could benefit from taking some of the wasted time from their day to celebrate the beauty of being young.

Overall, not a terrible way to sit through my morning class.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to stumbling.


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