Pin of the Week

By Hannah Koeller Columnist

At some point in our lives, we’ve all probably been dissatisfied with something. Whether losing a loved one, going through a hard breakup, or a failure of any kind, we have all been through something that makes us wonder why life can be so hard and so messed up sometimes. When I read the quote from this pin, so many things ran through my head. Why do we have this picture in our head of how our lives should be? Is it so wrong to want our lives to be a certain way? 

Several of the images that appear in our mind of how life should be are triggered through pop culture: movies, books and TV shows. There has been a point in each of our lives when we have asked ourselves, “Why can’t my life be like that?” Well, all lives are different, and no two people are meant to have the same life. I’d been struggling with thinking this myself and finally came to some conclusion. 

We should never be worried or scared that our lives won’t turn out like we want them to. Having such high standards and expectations can often lead to being let down. All everyone needs is to have some faith and to put some trust in God. He will never let us down. By living day to day, we have hope for the future, but we don’t need that specific image in our head of just how exactly everything should be. 

People today become so caught up in thinking ahead and planning for the future that they forget to live for right now. And, as this quote says, having a picture in our head of how life should be screws us up the most. I feel like this phrase is extremely thought provoking and especially affects college students. 

At college, we’re just trying to find our place in this world and find out what we want to do and where we want to be. Coming to college, everyone has his or her own expectation of how it’s “supposed to be.” If these expectations aren’t met, where does that leave us? Unhappy with our lives and wishing they were different? 

As young people, we get so caught up in what we’re going to do on a daily basis or each weekend. In college, students are forced to think about their future nearly every day. This isn’t necessarily bad, but it definitely adds fuel to the fire and the image in our heads of how life is supposed to be. I’ve definitely been trying to live more.