Let’s face it - life can be stressful and hard at times!
In the realities of being a student, can we ever find much joy?
I don’t know how your week has been so far but there is one thing I do know. We all have similar experiences in terms of schooling and sometimes they are not the ones we would have chosen for ourselves. I know I would probably have chosen a much more relaxed experience!
As a senior I’ve found it’s hard just putting time aside for yourself or others. I remember on many occasions having to do last minute homework on the bus or revising a speech on the way to school. Maybe you have given up most of your lunch breaks to school work like I did last term. l had spent so much time trying to finish work and play catch-up that I forgot what it was like just to have a lunch break with the squad.
Yet even the experience at school, whether it be dealing with stress or with our peers and teachers, can bring some joy-filled moments.
“How on earth?” you say. Well - in the simple things.
Joy doesn’t have to be found in something major - there can be small moments, such as finishing your homework on time, chilling with a friend or maybe you could smile at someone in a similar situation to yours.
Finding a small thing in those moments of stress will help keep you together. There have been many occasions when I’ve been so focused on assignments and homework that I’ve lost sight of the joy. Then I remind myself that school isn’t the only part of my life and I’m lucky to have it.
If you look for joy, it could be going for a walk after a long study/homework session. Maybe you’ve studied every night for a week and you take tonight off to treat yourself.
You may have had a major achievement such as giving your leadership speech in front of your whole cohort. No matter what others say, you had the courage to face a group of teenagers and explain how you could represent them. You can experience real joy for being strong and doing that.
There’s one quote that I try to live by - small changes make big impacts!
Not only do you impact your personal life by changing your focus to find joy, but you can have a big impact by helping someone else find a joyful moment.
Remember to take some time to either find joy in the stress, or take time to just treat yourself. Maybe it’s time for that chocolate that you wanted because you know you’ve earned it. Whether by yourself or as a squad, just remind yourself that school isn’t forever and that you are much more important than what you're stressing about.
Today set some time apart for yourself - whether it be by yourself or with a group - just have some fun and perhaps do something bold or crazy different.
As Napoleon Hill says “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
by Rebekah Skrabal
Gen Z, Queensland