This is definitely the time of the year when I wish there were four or five of me. One could do homework, one could be practicing a speech, another could be back home with my family, while another could be hanging out with my friends. Sadly, there is only one of me (I'm pretty sure), which means only one time schedule, with lots to do. As finals close in, I find myself more frequently in my room, with a textbook open, making sure I get all of my work completed and that I actually understand it. Even when I think I have free time, there's that little voice in the back of my head telling me that there's probably something that I should be doing.
All in all, I have definitely felt the burden of deadlines on my shoulders. But I have found this miracle solution that is shown to increase happiness, as well as strengthen friendships. You've probably heard it before, and done it before as well - I take time. In fact, I take time...to make time!
What I mean is that I take what time I do have when I'm not involved in something and use it to my advantage. I could be getting ahead in my work, or I could use it to spend time with my friends. This has made me more spontaneous in a way, because I've learned to make the most out of the time that I'm given.
It's really a nice habit that I've picked up from my parents. At home, my family is well aware that the Hunley to-do list is constantly growing. But given a beautiful weekend in the spring or summer and you'll probably find us at a pond with our lines in the water. My family recognizes that a little break time (and some fresh air) is a good reliever. It's the little things that can mean so much, bring happiness, and help make things less serious. Maybe it's a random road trip, or a group of friends going to see a movie. What do you make time for?
A reliever for me came in one of the best ways last week in the form of the 2014 Nebraska FFA State Convention in Lincoln. There I got to interact with members from across the Cornhusker State, watch my friends (the Nebraska FFA State Officer team) deliver their retiring addresses, and see seven dedicated individuals be chosen to serve as the 2014-2015 Nebraska State Officers. Being at the convention reminded me of what a great organization that we are a part of. The FFA has definitely allowed me to make the most of the time that I'm given, and use it to build relationships that will last for years to come.
Make sure to take that extra time for yourself, or for others. Use it to your advantage. Get ready for the next Career Development Event. Put in that extra hour in your SAE. Go out of your way to make a new friend. You'll be glad you did. So what are you waiting for? Time won't wait for you, and you can't grab it once it's gone. It's sitting right in front of you, so reach out, take it, and make it!