COLUMN: A tip worth living by
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 23:10
“Find joy in the journey.”
That’s what I’ve always heard. Every parent, friend, mentor, wise man, Elvis impersonator and contracting carpenter felt like they had the ultimate life tip when it came to collegiate education. Somehow, these five words seemed to encapsulate to all of my wellness coaches just what would make my time as a work-ridden student worth its while.
Now, I don’t mean to demean this individuals. They’ve been through the travail of study life themselves, and their advice comes from sound experience.
That being said, having shared a near half-decade of experience myself, I truly wish they would have given me advice that I really needed to hear — the snippets of wisdom that nobody felt the need to think of when “heart to heart time” spawned. Stuff like “manage your finances,” or “avoid karma by double-tipping,” or “stay clear of girls who watch any show that includes three people — one British, one metrosexual and one possibly both — who have a ‘deliberation period.’”
Above all, there are the even more truth-specific life tips, and one comes to mind after this weekend.
“On certain weekends, plan on only having a loaf of bread.”
Sunday came about a lot more painstaking than I originally anticipated. It was a busy afternoon full of responsibilities — “responsibilities” in this case translating to “Wikipedia-searching the career of the guy who played Cody on ‘Step by Step.’” The last thing on my list was to procure nutrition.
As was made evident by my obviously overstated foreshadowing, this was a huge mistake.
I rummaged through every belonging in every room I could legally search — that includes bathrooms, stop staring — and there was quite literally only one thing I could even consider eating, a singular, four-day-old loaf of wheat bread.