Have you ever had those moments when you looked at a situation too closely, and it soon seemed to appear a little bit fuzzy and a little too hard to understand?
This is when we lose perspective.
I noticed this as I walked around campus last night. As I approached the Bell Tower on our beloved campus, I took a moment to catch my breath and truly take in the campus’s scenery around me. When you’re at the heart of campus in the middle of the day, crowds of people surround you, and you begin to feel a little frustrated and maybe even a little claustrophobic. All these negative feelings take away the beauty of the world around you. You’re on a beautiful campus, surrounded by people who also have no idea what they want to do with their lives, and you’re breathing. What is more beautiful than that?
Even though sometimes circumstances seem a little too hard to handle, try taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture. I admit, I’ve struggled with this for a little while, and it’s an undermining feeling. You wonder why you’re in this situation, and then you begin to wonder if it will ever get easier.
Well, it does get easier once you look at the bigger picture.
Take your situation, what ever it may be, and start to think about the positive aspects of it. Is your residence hall falling apart? At least you’ll get a good laugh when you think about it years from now. Have you recently lost a loved one? Maybe you can try thinking about what all that person taught you, and you can think about the fond memories you shared.
I’m not an expert, and I don’t claim to be, but I can vouch from experience. Change your perspective, liven up your life a little bit, and then give your situation another thought.
Lauren is a Ball State University alumna with a Bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. She enjoys breakfast for dinner with a side of literary enjoyment.