Eudaimonia Tip # 3 – Remember to take time for yourself and appreciate your accomplishments.
The feeling of time slamming into the whole of your existence is an unexpected and awakening experience. As if you were in an actual time machine that suddenly came to a stop jarring you awake to realize you’ve arrived. Maybe it’s time you’ve been waiting for, dredging, expecting, or resisting.
I’ve been both waiting for and dreading the time that has arrived. On the one hand, I’m done with school for good, (yay me!), but on the other, it’s the end of summer which means fall is around the corner. Usually, I’m all about fall. The crisp, clean air. The changing leaves. The warm snuggly sweaters and blankets. However, this fall I have to face memories of a promised future that did not come to pass. I have to face a vastly different and unmapped life.
It’s not all bad. School has been completed for a week now, and the feeling of freedom is priceless, along with having my four-year degree.
This right here is my Eudai moment!
Remember, eudaimonia which is the principle of a life full of growth, meaning, authenticity, and excellence through right actions. 17 classes and 17 A’s later, with my last class being a perfect game (i.e., 100%), I find that going back to complete my degree was the right action. It wasn’t always fun, having to plan my life around assignments, but I have hope for my future and what I can do with my battle earned bachelor’s degree. I say battle earned because a lot has happened during the time I was in school. Nearly a year ago in October, I had three surgeries in one day, all outpatient thank goodness, but I was still under for 5+ hours! Then there is the loss of my boyfriend earlier this year. I wanted to let my grief consume me, but I also knew that if I stopped, I wouldn’t be able to start again. In a way, having to continue writing papers and discussion questions, along with my routine of work, helped keep some focus in my life, so I wasn’t pulled under by my emotions.
And also Mamma Biscuit and her six kittens helped too!
As I adjust to “civilian” life and start moving into my next chapter, I wonder how different I am after all that I’ve experienced, seen, heard, learned and felt over the last two years. I know I am not the same person I used to be two years ago, let alone a few months ago. The time that is before me is to learn who I am now. As the wise scholar, Ferris Bueller once said “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Now that I have more time for myself I plan to look around, appreciate life and not take any of it for granted. That there is a whole world out there that I am eager to explore that will help me build the eudai life.