I sat in Jerusalem, a bustling city, in the dry, refreshing heat of last summer. This was my annual return back home.
All around there is traffic, noise and trash. Though my first instinct is always to complain about the noise, the traffic, the smell — and still I do — this was my city. It was my place, and I loved it through its worst because even at its worst, there was still beauty.
I found kittens scurrying for food in the trash. Community and livelihood and friends catching up, holding up the traffic. The noises that kept me up at night contained noises of celebration and joy, the joy of those living in chaos.
The reality is that there is always uncertainty. Times are uncertain and the place is uncertain.
Jerusalem is a place of uncertainty, and so is UNC's campus. Even while hundreds of students are pushing through the quad, rushing to their next class, there is beauty to be found in this crowd, so find that beauty in the chaos.
Practice acceptance and gratitude
There are multiple things that you could take action to change, but some things are beyond your control. You may be placed in a new environment with new people. Accept this transition and accept that you will face hardships that amount from this.
Having gratitude follows.
Practicing gratitude will allow you to have more peace and contentment. There will be times when all you can think about is what you don't have: time, money, energy. But when the only thing you can think about is a 55 percent grade on your history test, you forget about the 98 percent grade that you achieved last week in biology.