“It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
– Ernest Hemingway
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Awwh, Hemingway, you insightful man, you! I do love this quote. I’m definitely one of those people who strives towards goals and sometimes it’s too easy to get caught up in reaching them, rather than taking time out of the day to enjoy the act of getting there and living in the now. And often it’s during the journey that we grow and learn the most about ourselves! This seems particularly apt at the moment due to being in my final year of university. All this time I’ve been so intent on one goal – getting a good degree. But this quote has reminded me to take a step back every so often just to revel in the experience of being a student (possibly for the last time ever) and enjoying the company of university friends, living in London and the act of learning, that feeling when your mind expands and feels enlightened because of new knowledge. It’s so easy to take that for granted! For instance, I’m currently reading Atonement by Ian McEwan which is set around World War II and one of the characters mentioned that females could go to university but not get an actual degree qualification! Education is taken as a given in this country now and it’s easy to forget it wasn’t always that way!
So if you’re having a busy Wednesday, make sure you take a minute out to stop and smell the roses. 😉
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