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Journal Writing Project: Time to smell the flowers

By Kaia Hongerholt

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Nowadays children, teens, parents, and grandparents are continuously running from place to place without a clue of what they are missing. Our generation is rapidly becoming more technological and less observant.

Teachers and parents are always telling their students and children that time flies so they need to enjoy it while they can. They know this because they have already lived through it. They have already gone on their class trips, through college, and applied for jobs. In times of iPhones and Netflix it is difficult to get away from technology and get grounded.

Grade school children run around playing after school, not realizing the free time that they have. The high school students envy the time elementary kids have, but pass by the experience of high school sports, clubs, and friends. Once the captain of the football team catches his last touchdown, it sets in. This would be the last time he ever has the chance to play with his team in front of his school.

The seniors who sit at home each night watching the next episode of One Tree Hill are missing the basketball games, dances, and FFA competitions. The students do not realize what they are missing out on until it is too late and their off to college. College students would give anything for the minimal homework a high school student receives. But college students waste their time on less important events and not on their school work which would guarantee a degree in four years. On the other hand, some college students are too wrapped up in their schoolwork tthat they forget to take advantage of their college years. These students are missing out on studying abroad, participating in intramurals, meeting others from around the world, and joining random clubs. Parents would love the chance to go to college again. However, they are too worried about getting their kids to places that they don’t take the time to stop and watch them grow. Finally, grandparents know what they have passed up through life; but, they know they can’t dwell in the past. They take the time to enjoy their kids and grandkids and to spend time doing their favorite things because they know it could all be taken in a second.

Even though everyone has busy lives there is always enough time to think about the day and reflect on its events. No matter what age you are, always take the time to stop, and smell the flowers. Stop worrying about what could happen and live in the present. Omar Khayyam said, “Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.”

Kaia Hongerholt is a student at Lanesboro High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.

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