The semester is halfway over! Embrace it.

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By Mike Abell


We’re already at the halfway point.

It’s crazy to think about it, but the fall semester is halfway finished. That means a new year is right around the corner as well and thats a bit frightening to me. But when I look back at all the success I have made through the year it isn’t. I have also realized how lucky I am. Not all people look ahead so anxiously, some people spend too much time longing for the past. All it takes is for one event in your life to turn your world upside-down. The people you love and the people you are around every day may not be here in a few years, so make the most of your time with them.

One of my best friends recently lost his grandfather back in early August and his family never really had a great rela­tionship with the grandfather but they were by his side until the end. There were a lot of words they wish could’ve been exchanged.

This reminded me of the fact that we shouldn’t take what we have for granted. Even if you are mad at someone, don’t forget that person must have been spe­cial to you at point. Don’t let your anger outweigh anything else. Life moves re­lentlessly fast and, the people that you are with today might not be around in this year or the next and maybe your ar­gument today won’t matter a few years down the road.

Most of the people I know have a rough relationship with one person or another in their family. I’ve always had a hard time seeing eye-to-eye with my brother about anything.

However, I try to talk with him at least once a week, even we are just keeping things light and I encourage you to take small steps and reach out to someone you typically talk to.

The new year might be right around the corner but make time now for some­one who you usually don’t, or just take a moment to be thankful for who you have in your life. Don’t lose sight of what re­ally matters.
 

Contact Mike Abell, editor-in-chief, mabell@jccc.edu

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