All over Facebook, people keep posting little facts about them, and, frankly, I don’t feel a need to post them on Facebook when I can share my little facts with greater detail.
1. I love quiet time at home.
Being away at a university requires you to be around people in your room, in your building, in your classes, and even in the library. Heck, it’s hard enough finding a time to go to the gym when it’s empty. When I have a good book or a clean sheet of paper with a drink by my side, I relax. My tension releases, my anxiety withers away, and I am calm. If I’m outside, the sound of the wind blowing and the smell of fresh grass ignite my senses, leaving me at peace.
2. I can spend hours in my town’s library.
Maybe it’s the way millions of books make you feel as though you’re not alone. Maybe it’s the way the sunlight dances through the vast windows, as if welcoming its inhabitants. Maybe the smell of books gives me a high of which I will never grow tired. This library is two stories and over 45,000 square feet of comfort, stability, and home.
3. When I was little, I always had to prove myself.
If you wonder what I mean, I definitely refer to the elementary school playground. When guys played basketball and tried showing off for girls, I got annoyed and always formed all-girl teams. This was when my feminist attitude formed. If you think I got competitive during recess, then gym class was a completely different playing field. Even though we had a gym teacher, he was simply there to make sure kids didn’t break their necks or lose limbs during their thirty minutes in his class. Everything was fair game and I wanted to be a part of every minute of the action.
4. Writing is the only aspect of my life which makes sense.
I don’t claim to be the next great American author, but writing makes life feel serene and it helps me calculate and sort through my thoughts. I can create dancing characters or I can create an account of my day’s events, but either way, I create a piece of work. Sometimes classes make me reach my breaking point and sometimes being at home raises my anxiety so when I am able to sit with my Mac or with a journal, life simply makes sense.
5. I want to help people.
Not in the way of joining the Peace Corps and dedicating my entire life to volunteer work, but I want to help in any way I can throughout my daily life. As a teacher, I will help students see the greater aspects of learning. Even though teaching will be a large commitment, I want to gain experience and help others in my life now and well into my dying years. I want to travel the world and show people the benefits of less is more. I want to help children read at the local library. I want to adopt another puppy. I want to share a smile with a stranger in the street. I want to buy food for the homeless man who stands in front of my local Wal-Mart. Some people have materialistic thoughts in their bucket lists, but I’d rather leave this earth with a full heart than a full closet.
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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.