I promise – this is not the typical “My semester is going by WAY too fast!” post. (OK, maybe there is a little bit of that.) Tonight (or this morning?), I’m bringing you my latest thoughts about life at the corner of orange and blue.
In my social psychology class, I have been learning about the concept of “possible selves.” It’s the idea that as humans, we are always imagining and envisioning future versions of ourselves – what we could be and what we think we have the potential to be. It sounds deep, but we have all probably thought about it at one point or another. For example, when we were little, we likely participated in exercises and games revolving around the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
When I was in high school and would try to imagine myself as a college student, I’m sure I had ideas about what I would be like. I was beyond excited at the thought about the excitement of starting a new chapter – but there was really no way of knowing who I would become. About two years ago, I got accepted to UF and decided to join the Gator Nation. I reflected on my journey of becoming a Gator in a post I wrote last year – and I can’t believe that was already a year ago.
As I reflect on my experiences in the past year and even in just the past few months, I can think of many specific turning points that have provided the perfect storm of opportunity for growth and change. One of those milestones was studying abroad in Spain, which brought about not only amazing friendships and memories – it brought about a new sense of leadership and inspiration that I have carried with me from BCN to GNV.
The title of this post has a meaning beyond alluding to the unseasonably (or seasonably?) gorgeous Florida winter weather. The words come from Chasing the Sun, a song by Sara Bareilles. (This is not my usual Tom Petty pick.) When it comes to thinking about our “possible selves” and chasing our ideas of greatness in all parts of life, we sometimes forget about how far we have come and how much we have grown (even in just a short amount of time).
I am definitely guilty of thinking, “Oh, once ___ or ___ happens, I’ll be happy,” or “Once I accomplish this, everything will be smooth sailing.” I think we should always be chasing the sun – I personally love the feeling of having goals to work toward – but even I have to remind myself that not everything happens all at once. It’s not always an easy reminder, especially for someone who enjoys having a clear picture of the future (*cough cough* me) – but I’m working on it.
No matter where you are, I hope you can find a way to chase the sun and whatever it means to you.
Until next time,