THE UNIVERSITY TRIANGLE | DO YOU NEED ALL THREE TO BE HAPPY?

They say you can only fulfil two aspects of the college triangle; good grades, a social life or sleep. But nowadays I feel like a lot of us have the need to go beyond this, I mean how can we have a satisfactory life just living within these paradigms of what our lives should consist of. I allocated the whole weekend to doing university work, my plan was to stay up until the late hours of Saturday and then rest and repeat on Sunday. But here I am at 4pm with my work done and no social plans for the rest of the weekend. Something I'd usually be content with considering I've been working my ass off lately and it should feel good to just chill and binge watch Riverdale all afternoon. After scrolling through social media and seeing a plethora of friends travelling, at theme parks or partying, it leaves me thinking, should I be doing more with my time? 

I think our generation more than any other are always in a rush. No one seems to just enjoy the moment or companionship. Everyone seems to be in constant competition of who can live a more exciting life. God forbid you do something without capturing it on social media - look at me I have a life! Whilst another third of us are stuck in the library completing deadlines.

Which takes me on to the good grades lot. Especially at university, there is so much focus on spending 8 hours a day in the library, and if you don't you must be a failure or not take university seriously. At the end of the day you're always going to get your work done in time. Even if you spend the night before up until 5 in the morning and overdosing on pro plus, you're going to do it. On the other hand, if you decide not to let your hair down that moment is going to pass you by and well you can't exactly get it back. Heck I feel like I need to at least dance around my flat this afternoon to destress my brain. Most of the time you're going to regret the things you don't do, and university is a lot more than just waking up, going to uni, cooking dinner, and going to bed.  

So when you've ticked everything off your to-do list for the day, now what? Mope about that you have no social plans for the rest of the day. It's always good to have stuff to look forward to but when you spend your days counting them down until the next big event then what are you actually living for. It should be okay to spend a whole day reading your favourite books, listening to your favourite albums or watching three hours of television (permitting you move your butt a bit within that time). We can't expect our lives to be exciting 24/7, if they were then how would you differentiate your happiest memories if you're constantly living life in the fast lane. It's okay to take it easy. 

In a nutshell, do whatever the hell you want with your days. Go for a walk in the park, go to the cinema (by yourself), organise your lipsticks, start a blog, online shop, plan a holiday, Face-Time an old friend, call your mum, get married. You don't always have to have an exciting life for it to be worthwhile. As long as you're living life at your pace, that's all that matters. 






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