My warm morning window finally opened on Monday, inviting me to watch a very different kind of sunrise.
Up and down the tree-lined streets of Dartmouth College, Ivy League college students sifted through their doggie bags, a gray sky on each face. By the time I finished talking to my classmates, students who slept late and sat on the lawn that made for a central focal point of the second floor of the library overlooking Hamilton Brook, the world outside would have once again ended.
A shared iPhone screenshot shows the tension between morning sunlight and students walking across frozen ground in Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.
We’re a bit disconnected from everyday life. When we’re at school, we are not left alone with questions. When we are at work, we are not left alone with problems. We are always worried about something in our lives, and the things we are concerned about may be much different from your life than ours.
The weather is our company. Though I don’t like talking about how green I am when I am wearing flip-flops in Maine, I do enjoy watching nature. And when you live on a rural campus and in a rugged landscape, nature is an excellent company. What I don’t like are the left turns our professors make.
Do you know how many right turns you can make in a path between Hayman and Millers? Two? Half a dozen? You can’t understand how to keep your legs straight when there is a gradient of four degrees.
It is high time to invite people to become a part of your season. Rather than keep themselves almost stuck in front of an iPhone screen when they get home, engage with humanity. Take advantage of opportunities to walk, and treat them like dates. Let the world fall away, and maybe your worries will fall away, too.