It’s easy for me to get all caught up in the business of life, let myself get overwhelmed, and find every reason to complain. Thankfully I live in one of the most amazing places, and a walk through campus can remind me of how much I have to be grateful for. Every day walking to class I wonder the million dollar question, “How did I get so lucky?”
Somehow I made it to a Pac-12 school with one of the best records in the nation. Okay, so we suck at sports but are scholastics are ballin’! I am constantly surrounded by 27,000 other people chasing their dreams. Everyone came here, moving out of their comfort zone for a short time, before being infected by the Cougar spirit that runs deep through everybody’s blood. Every single one of the 27,000 other students here have a dream, they are here to reach huge goals. Such amazing things happen here. People form their futures, find their careers, meet their significant others, create relationships that will last a life time and taste freedom for possibly the first time.
College sucks. You’re constantly busy, always have some sort of deadline and most people are balancing multiple different roles in their lives. With all of that it can be so easy to forget about how many outstanding, amazing, life changing things happen here. So naturally I LOVE these letters of affirmation, that for whatever reason can be found on trees all around campus.
“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done”-Vince Lombardi.
What a perfect quote for a tree in the middle of a university. We are all here to be as great as we possibly can be, you don’t come to college to be mediocre. But, in order to succeed and be that great person it takes a lot of blood, sweat, tears, long nights and lots of little sacrifices. To be great you don’t party every single night. You don’t do less than your best. You probably have to tell people “no” a lot, when maybe you don’t want to. But it’s four years. The best four years of your life. You should grow more than any other time in your life, and you will have what’s worthwhile!
Stay posted for more letters of affirmation from the trees.