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The Meaning of Life

“Life only goes around once, but never again.”

I was bawling at two minutes. I’m always a sucker for love stories.

Our time here on Earth is limited. When you’re young (invincible 20’s), you feel like you have your whole life ahead, but time is ticking by the second. I’m not trying to take this in a pessimistic direction, but rather, I am reminding myself and sharing with you all to cherish every day, experience, and person you interact with. In the midst of college, examinations, career preparation, and future planning I lose sight of this and it makes me really sad. To me, building relationships with other people is the meaning of life. Whether this is with your significant other, family, best friends, coworkers, acquaintances, neighbors, professors, teachers, mentors, strangers.. I think this is the meaning of life because when I imagine asking myself at age 75 what is worth living for, I would answer “all the people that you get to meet and interact with.”

Fred described losing Lorraine as “like a dream.” I don’t think this feeling is inescapable once we lose someone… but taking the time and effort to cherish your relationship with others will surely eliminate any regrets that you may feel about life and love.

I am fortunate to be a part of a group called Buckeye Leadership Fellows. We took a day trip to Cary, North Carolina to present to a company called SAS (Statistical Analysis System). An Ohio State alumnus (& former Stater!), Kirk Warner spearheaded the effort to bring the junior cohort down there. He gave a little speech about leadership. A quote he shared spoke volumes to me. “Princess Diana cared, but Mother Teresa took them home.” Effective leadership includes the principle of caring. You know you’re a good leader when other people do stuff for you not because you demand them to, but because they do not want to disappoint you. This starts with caring and building a genuine relationship with people. SAS’s company culture believes in this principle and it clearly shows.

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(Not everyone is pictured. Aka all the boys)

Warner also encouraged us to find like-minded people and have deep conversations about big ideas. I have so much love for everyone in this group and cannot wait to see what lies ahead.

Life mantras to follow:
Don’t make enemies.
Love everyone.
Always be positive and happy.
Care.

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Life is Too Short to Be Anything but Happy and Grateful

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“Please use Cameron’s story as an inspiration to set goals, overcome obstacles and fight the good fight. She did that every day.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/virginia-teen-16-dies-moments-finishing-marathon-article-1.1725562#ixzz2wdp5u0ac

This story touched my heart as I could relate to her enthusiasm in completing a half marathon. I couldn’t help but to place myself in her shoes and imagine collapsing moments after finishing surrounded by my parents and best friend. Truly a sad story, but I am glad her parents have a positive outlook and chose to let others know about their daughter’s determination and motivation in life. Made me think about how life is never guaranteed… and that we should always remember to stay positive and build meaningful relationships with others.

In contrast, I hate that I had to distance myself from life these past two weeks to prepare to take the MCAT tomorrow, but I hope it is all worth it in the end. Eeek. I am excited and worried at the same time. I am such a nerd, but I actually enjoy taking the test… especially the verbal section. You learn something new every single time (learner is one of my top 5 on StrengthsQuest if you could guess)! The problem I have is recalling everything I have learned in General Chemistry and Physics, which I should be looking over right now. For any aspiring med students/doctors reading this: make sure you pay closer attention in your freshman and sophomore science classes. Don’t take them for granted no matter how much you dread it. Your hard work will pay off.

This is a good tip that I need to remember also.

“If you’re really committed to doing well on the MCAT, you may cut out things like exercise, proper meals and full nights of sleep so that you can spend as much time as possible studying. But test-taking authorities warn that if you follow that approach, you’re setting yourself up for failure on the big day.”

http://money.howstuffworks.com/personal-finance/college-planning/admissions/5-tips-mcat.htm#page=5

Arnold Sports Festival & World Jump Rope

I serendipitously (fun fact: serendipity is my favorite word) stumbled upon the World Jump Rope team and performance today at the Arnold Sports Fest. I was instantly mesmerized at their talent, both individually and as a team. This is the first time I’ve been to the Arnold and I remember questioning why they had jump-roping on the itinerary. Was that even a sport? … Boy was I wrong to judge. I think many of us think back to grade school recess when talking about jumping rope. Competitive jump-roping combines dance, gymnastics, and jumping. What a combination. I feel like this is a sport I have been looking for all my life. With my short stature, it’s difficult to find a sport that caters to your height. I was in gymnastics for about a year in middle school and occasionally wonder how I would have progressed if I continued. My mother decided to pull me out of it due to injury prevention. Recently, I’ve been into dance – of all types. I took 3 semesters of social dance/ballroom dancing at OSU and absolutely loved it. This semester, I am taking recreational folk and square dance. We learn a lot of country line dances. Jump-roping also requires whole body fitness. Did you know? It is estimated that 10 minutes of jumping rope has the same benefit as jogging for 30 minutes.

The World Jump Rope team announced that they were holding a practice in about 20 minutes in a room upstairs. My friend was leaning towards leaving the convention, but something inside me really wanted to visit the practice. I was genuinely curious about their group and how it functioned. I approached a young man from Idaho and asked if he could give me more information. He told me that the group World Jump Rope is comprised of people from all over the world; there was a young man from Japan there! They go around the world serving as ambassadors for jump-roping hoping to increase knowledge and popularity of the sport. He then told me about Tori Boggs, who recently started an OSU Jump Rope Club and that I should definitely get in touch with her if I’m interested.

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I introduced myself as a fellow OSU student and told her I am interested in joining her jump rope club. She excitedly gave me her business card and told me when the weekly meetings are. Her charismatic personality and passion definitely showed. I am so excited to get involved and meet the other passionate people on the team.

I had heard of Tori when the university spotlighted her talent as an outreach tool and then she had the opportunity to appear on The Ellen Show, which I have linked above. Her story pulls at my deepest heart strings; life should be about living in your passions.

I haven’t stopped thinking about jump-roping. I’ve always had a particular interest for jump-roping as well as hula-hooping. I feel so inspired. I even took out my jump rope I got from participating in Jump Rope for Heart back in elementary school! I took a video of myself jump-roping to see what I look like. I was going to post it here, but I don’t know how to input two videos in one post … so I screenshot a picture (can’t promise I was successful after this move… haha). A pervading life theme of mine is to be a little vulnerable, which I believe builds stronger relationships with others.

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Here’s to following your passions and being a little vulnerable!

3/13/2014: Just read this article on Buzzfeed. Great introduction to the world of competitive jump-roping 🙂

http://www.buzzfeed.com/christianz/the-secret-world-of-competitive-jump-rope-1pyg