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“Don’t Blink.” This 2007 country music hit by Kenny Chesney is well heard of. Usually, when you think of it, you are taken back to either your’s or someone else’s high school graduation.

When I was younger, I could not wait to grow up and move on to the next phase in my life. Time always seemed to pass by so slow when I was in elementary. I felt like being in high school was an alternate universe that was never a real scenario.  

However, once I was finally in high school, I could not wait to graduate and move on to college.

I can distinctly remember sitting in my bed one night, thinking, “I just have to make it through these next three years.”

Somehow, those next three years were over and I was getting ready to go to college. Even though I was ready for those days of high school to be over, it was bizarre to me that they actually were, and it was time to start this crazy, future journey that I had planned for myself.  

One of the phrases I commonly hear, especially now, is “Do not wish time away.”  

I especially heae this when I tell people I am cramming five years of college into four.

In all honesty, the mindset that I have to do this goes back to just wanting to move on and up in life.

As time has gone on, I am starting to understand why everyone is telling me to not wish time away.  

When I look at where I was a year ago, I was preparing for my last month of high school and trying to determine how I was going to feasibly miss about every day in April due to all of the activities that I was in.  

Now, I am almost finished with my freshman year of college and preparing for my sophomore year.

When I look at this, it blows me away just how quickly life has changed in a year’s time.  

It starts to make me wonder if I really appreciated all of those experiences that I will never have again.  

For example, the 13-hour van ride to Louisville, Ky. for National SkillsUSA. Even though I would never want to be in a school van for that long again, I would not give up the memories for anything.           

It’s moments like this, annoying at the time, that leave the largest imprint on our lives.  

Even though something may seem like a small moment, it may be a memory that lasts a lifetime.  

Yes, I may want to finish college in four years, but maybe I shouldn’t wish the time away because there could be a memory in there that will last the rest of my life.

So, for now, don’t blink.