I’m sorry. I’ve been away. I don’t really have any excuses. I might say that I haven’t had any truly inspired ideas to write about…. But then Seth Godin would ask me if I’ve had any bad ideas. The answer is no, I haven’t been trying that hard to have any good OR bad ideas. Therein lies the problem. But, I’m back.
Last night I left campus after a twelve hour day running between buildings to attend class, go to work, attend more class, and work on a riveting project in Microsoft Access. I was tired. I had very little energy. It was 9:00pm and it was dark outside. And then I looked up at the words “Terry College of Business” on Brooks Hall with the stars twinkling in the background. I just stopped and stared.
Brooks Hall has been what amounts to my home over the past two or three years. I work here, I go to class here, I do homework here, I know the people who bustle in and out every day. It’s familiar. And last night it even looked peaceful. Like it just belongs on this spot of the earth. Like the stars were smiling down on Brooks Hall and me and the rest of North Campus as if to say, it’s been a pretty good ride, huh?
And it has. My what a ride it’s been. 4.5 years of education, big mistakes, small mistakes, a few successes, and an enormous amount of learning. Learning about myself. Learning about accounting. Learning about finance. And learning about the importance of people and relationships.
One month and seven days from today I will graduate from the University of Georgia. I will log out of my computer at work in Brooks Hall one last time. I will say goodbye to all of the people in the office. I will walk from building to building on campus thanking the people who have served as such amazing mentors. And I will, no doubt, think back about my college career. Should I have done anything differently? Have I put my best foot forward?
These were the thoughts running through my head as I looked up at Brooks Hall last night. And it reminded me that every once in a while it is important to take a minute to yourself. Stop what you’re doing. Look around you. Reflect on life. What has it all meant?
Brooks Hall is a building that I have long criticized for a poor floor plan that confuses new business students. I often dread the tests that I take deep in the basement of the building. On occasion work is not the number one thing I want to be doing with my day. But when I leave this place for the last time, none of that is what I will remember. And last night was a great reminder.
Take some time to today to look around at your surroundings. Take it all in. You may never pass this way again. Or maybe you will everyday for the rest of your working life. Regardless, take some time to yourself – even five minutes. It’s important. It’s rejuvenating. It helps keep things in perspective.
Have a great day today.