I decided that I needed some fun in my life, so I joined the Slacklining club. Slacklining is pretty much just like tightrope walking. I had never done it (or even heard of it) before this semester, but one day I was walking past the library and saw this guy walking on a rope between the trees. He saw me staring, called me over, and convinced me to give it a shot. Apparently I’m a natural, because he was really surprised that I hadn’t slack lined before! It has now become a weekly occurrence. On Thursday afternoon I head out to the trees by the library, meet my friend, and slack line with him for an hour or 2. It is surprisingly peaceful. The line isn’t high up, so you don’t fall that hard. Yes, I fall often. Am I ashamed of that? No, I’m just beginning! I get straight back up and give it another shot. I put my right foot on the line, concentrate on the other end, and stand up on my right foot. When I do that, I don’t really even think. I just look at the tree I am walking towards, and its just me and the line and the wind. Then I’ll take a step or 2 (my record is 10) before I fall. And falling isn’t fun. Yet, it is completely worth that feeling of freedom and peace for those few seconds on the line.
You are probably reading this and saying to yourself, “This is about to turn into some moral story for my life, isn’t it?” Well, yes. You can look at life this way. You can say that life is a challenge and that everybody falls, but the risk of falling is worth the effort. It is true, but that isn’t my point here. I have found that college is a delicate balance. I’m walking a line of trying to do all my homework, get involved, go to church, make friends, be healthy, get enough sleep, and still have enough free time so I don’t go insane. I’m falling short in many ways, but things are getting better. Slacklining has been a big boost to my mental health. It is a way to relax in the middle of the week, and gives me something to look forward to. It’s helped me make a friend, as well.
No, I didn’t tell you this story to give you a moral lecture. If that part of this helped you, great. It helps me sometimes. But my main purpose here is just to give you a little update on my life. Yes, I’m struggling. I’m 3 months in to my first ever semester at college, and it is hard. I keep falling off the line. I’m still trying to find that balance, to find a place where I fit. And yet, as difficult as it is sometimes, I’m doing alright. I’m finding things I love to do. I’m getting closer to where I want to be. For right now, that’s enough.