My last night home during my last winter break as a college student brought me an unsuspecting word of advice from an overbearing, slightly annoying, but very insightful drunk guy. Let me set the scene for you. My best friend and I were at our local hometown, “townie” bar and everyone you don’t feel like seeing is there. Well actually, there was a lot of people who graduated high school years before me, but I really didn’t feel up to the social scene that night. But it was my last night home with my best friend and she asked me to go out, so I went. After getting our drinks, my friend and I were just talking and bonding by ourselves before deciding to go find her guy friends on the other side of the bar. As soon as we turn around to walk away, we get stopped.
“You guys look REALLY familiar! Did you guys do orchestra in high school?!”
Some random girl in the grade above us stopped us, which pretty much summed up the rest of my night. So after talking with the girl who we barely knew and her two guy friends for about 15 minutes, my friend found her escape. Since I was on the other side of the circle, I was trapped. Cue the next twenty minutes talking to the one guy who moved to my small Jersey town from somewhere in upstate New York. Actually not talking…..listening, and listening, and listening, and OOH A CHANCE TO GET A WORD…nope still listening. You get the point. This guy was a talker.
So as he was droning on about how he would give his left hand to be back in college and to just embrace every single day and how we were his people, I finally got away and found my friend again. But this wasn’t the last of the drunk talker. Nope. He found us when he was leaving to tell us it was very nice meeting us and to give us some advice that I was slightly amused by at the time, but have realized the importance.
“WAKE UP EVERY SINGLE DAY AND HUG YOUR DAY. IT’S WEDNESDAY? WAKE UP AND HUG THAT WEDNESDAY AND EMBRACE THAT WEDNESDAY BECAUSE IT WILL SOON LEAVE YOU.”
And that was that. Hug your Wednesdays. Hug everyday. Do something new. Do something you appreciate. Appreciate the day even if it’s just a boring old Wednesday, or a dreadful Monday, or whatever it may be.
As silly as that conversation was, I really have thought about it a lot as my final semester is creeping up on me. So to that drunk guy I met at my local bar, you bet I’ll be hugging my Wednesdays!