Read our second issue of the 2020-21 school year.
Letter from the Editor
By Deanna Albohn
As my time in college comes to an end, I’m left wondering why I did certain things, why I didn’t do others, should I go to grad school — you know, the real existential stuff.
Lately, I can’t help but keep asking myself “what’s the point?”
What’s waiting for me on the other side of the Zoom graduation “stage?”
Everything in life is so uncertain that I can’t stop myself from worrying and making myself sick with anxiety every day.
This has certainly been one of the weirdest times in all of our lives, and it brings me a strange comfort to know I’m not the only one who’s been struggling. I’ve been doing a lot of ruminating while locked inside my house and my greatest realization from this whole ordeal is that NOTHING MATTERS. Nothing really matters at all, and you can do whatever you want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else.
Our time here on Earth is limited, so why do we hold on so tightly to things that make us sad and anxious? All the small things we spend hours and years stressing over often have no real effect on our lives in the long run. We waste so much energy deliberating over the most minute aspects of life — that seem dramatic and important in the moment — only to completely forget about them the next day, week or month.
I’m not encouraging you to quit your job, drop out of school or make any other hasty decision, but to simply reevaluate the parts of your life that don’t make you happy. I’m not a professional, just someone who’s seen a few too many episodes of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and is getting rid of things that no longer spark joy in her life.
Maybe I’m a nihilist for thinking nothing really matters.
I don’t know, but life is what you make of it — why would anyone want to purposely spend it stressed out and unhappy?
Maybe some things do matter. Tell your friends and family that you love them, start that project you’ve been putting off, learn a new hobby — the world is your oyster!