I could go on and on regarding literature or art that has altered my perspective on life. I was tempted to write about watching beautiful sunsets that show that even the worst day can have a happy ending. However, I had to choose a passage from Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey which taught me that instead of filling our lives with worry, we should focus on spreading love. The passage reads: most importantly love like it’s the only thing you know how at the end of the day all of this means nothing this page where you’re sitting your degree your job your money nothing even matters except love and human connection who you loved and how deeply you loved them how you touched the people around you and how much you gave them

I first read this passage while applying to college during my senior year in high school. I was so overwhelmed and worried about not getting into my number one school that I would isolate myself until everything was completed.

Then I read this passage. I realized that in the end, it won’t matter where I go to college or the job I have. The most important thing in life is human connection. Making memories, having fun, loving and enjoying life is vital when it comes to experiencing the world as we live our lives. After reading this passage, I decided that my last year in high school should not be devoted to worry and stress, it should be the last year that I am able to make memories with the people who I have grown up with. I stopped worrying, and instead I surrounded myself with the friends that I have to part from at the end of the year. Society focuses too much on the vexatious things in life, a job, money, where we live. When we should be focusing on spreading love and being loved. Once I die, I don’t want to be remembered by my job or how much money I had; I want to be remembered for how I positively impacted the people around me. In the end, the only thing that matters is love and human connection.

– Corynn Fitzpatrick (Student)