Welcome to Life Lessons with Jules! It’s time for my bi-annual roundup of “1 Things I Learned this Semester.”
This roundup of lessons began over a brief excerpt I wrote for Instagram, and I decided I expand upon it for a blog post! Every year, I like to reflect on my time I’ve spent in school and outside in social settings, to monitor my growth as an individual. This spring, I definitely have changed quite a bit.
1.Much of the grammar our beautifully complex English language is intuitive, but academically providing a justification for one’s syntax is absurdly difficult. (don’t even ask me to draw a linguistic tree for that sentence.)
2. I love literature, but I’m passionate about religious studies. I didn’t take any religious studies classes this semester and I sure did miss the practice of inter religious dialogue. I’m eager to have it back. This summer I’ll take two religious studies courses, and I already bought the books. I want them to start now. English is great and all, but I feel a fire in my heart when I get to chat about religions.
3. Communication leads to comprehension and connection, not confrontation (when done right). Having personal relationships means I need to overcome my fears of saying gate wrong thing. If I continue to work on my communication skills, I’ll be a better friend, girlfriend, daughter, and so on. This is a practice. No one is a naturally good communicator. It takes dedication.
4. Wine sneaks up on me, that precarious, decadent drink. Remember how I mentioned I was branching out? That also means I don’t know my limits. Thankfully it wasn’t that bad, but my oh my, the only way to describe it is that it snuck up on me!
5. The sunrise is my favorite time of day, but opting for a few more hours of sleep is occasionally the best decision I’ll make that day.
6. Caffeine can create a very real addiction that amplifies anxiety. Cutting it off creates insane withdrawals, but I ultimately feel like an entirely new person because of it. I actually don’t have a taste for coffee anymore, and I’m strangely sad about this.
7. Taking 7 classes during a semester while maintaining a live-in job is insane, and I will never do it again. Please learn from me and never do this. It’s not worth it.
8. Classic literature is canonized for a reason. Holy shit, read 1984, Madame Bovary, Crime and Punishment. They will blow your mind. I’ve fallen behind on my book reviews, and I’m currently trying to think of a way to play catch up without blasting the blog with an insane amount of book reviews. I’ve been so swamped, but I’ve read some really good books lately.
9. Toxic people are just that: toxic. Don’t feel guilty for dropping friends that leave guck in the heart. Repeat this until it solidifies into a personal mantra.
10. Choosing to accept vulnerability into my life and leaning into the discomfort of exposing my heart has made me a kinder, gentler human being. (I’m reading Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly. Cannot get enough)
Tell me something you’ve learned about yourself or the world in these past few months.