November 13th, 2005

To my future self on a worse day than today.

Today i happened to have some spare time in the afternoon. I looked out the window and saw the sun out in a beautiful blue sky, realized i hadn't done anything that could remotely qualify as exercising in many weeks, and decided to go for a run around campus.

As i trudged up Bancroft, the hill felt like it would go on forever. But i looked ahead, my ears drinking in the luscious Hammond organ backing up Sting's "All This Time," the golden late-afternoon light of the sun behind me lighting up the trees with their leaves turning red, the streets and sidewalks filled with people talking to each other and laughing and getting to where they wanted to go, and i forgot about the hill. I breathed deeply.

1. Surround yourself with people you love.

2. Do things you enjoy.

3. Sleep.