ANNA PENG

The Last Stretch

For many graduating students like myself, we’re really almost there. We were almost there before our classes moved online, and we’re much closer to the end than we were ever before. 


For some, we feel the internal dread of wanting to get what we’ve started over with. Perhaps we’ve exhausted ourselves by doing a project that we weren’t doing for ourselves. We let the project control us and drag us through the sands with critique and feedback leading the way ahead. 


For others, we see an upcoming space of relief, where we can finally say the word, voilà.


Then there’s the last group, one that sees restlessness of what comes after? We’ve been letting schoolwork be the distraction we’ve needed to stay comfortable but once it’s gone, it’s gone. What comes next? 


Thankfully if you’re in the last group, you’ve got time. There will be time opened up, time to connect, and time to be able to plan ahead.


Here’s to the last stretch!


How Do We Know If It’s Right?

Or we can ask the other side of the question, who are we trying to please? 


If the person we’re trying to please is just ourselves, the answer is easy. We get to decide. 


If we’re trying to please our parents, our colleagues, or a specific audience, then we no longer have a say. It wouldn’t be fair to selfishly impose our beliefs onto something designed for someone else.


The Truth Is…

Before I go to sleep every night, I wish everybody the worst.

My bed is the single most terrible place to sleep, and I hate the food that sits on my plate. 

There’s absolutely no passion from anybody in sight, including me, and we’re all sick and tired of being ourselves. 

I could go on, but I’m just playing pretend because it’s the start of a beautiful April and we’re all just human.

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