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  • Writer's pictureM. Willhouse

The Fact of the Matter

For the last several weeks as the second to last semester of my college career draws to a close, I have found myself to be riddled with anxiety in fear of the unknown. A conflagration of destructive thoughts constantly ravaging through my mind: what if I can't find a job, or, what's more - what if I can't find the right one?

However, with the passage of the Thanksgiving holiday, in reflecting on all that I have to be thankful for, my perspectives on graduation and what is to come thereafter have changed. Moreover, I have ascertained there is always room to grow.

The fact of the matter is, this world is a beautiful, gargantuan place. I am just one grain of sand on the beach that is life. In addition to the billions of people who live here today, countless people have existed nearly as long as time has. Furthermore, there are millions of plant and animal species here too, each with a different yet equally important journey.

With all of this in mind, I was genuinely humbled. I got to thinking about how thankful I am for so much in my life that is often taken for granted: the fact that I am a woman in the United States during the current time being. After all, less than one hundred years ago, women couldn't even vote in this country. I am thankful to have been blessed with the opportunity to go to school and obtain a wonderful education. I am thankful to be able to eat, sleep, see, breathe, walk, and talk without issue. For my health, for my friends, for the ocean, and so much more.

The fact of the matter is, it is true that our time on the Earth is short. It is true that much of what we do may seem insignificant, but it is also true that one person can change the world. And for that, I am thankful.

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