Hello readers of the blog! In case you don't remember me, it's Sara here, back from Oxford and remembering, now there's time to think, that oh yeah! There's a blog that needs me! More on Oxford later. There is a much more pressing topic I must cover.
Ever notice how, in winter, everyone wears such dark, drab, and unremarkable colors? Well, not everybody, but most people. Take any gray, cold, and downright dreary winter day in Chicago, and almost every person you pass on the street will be wearing colors to match. And most people don't look very happy, either. It could just be the cold, but who knows?
Anyway, in Oxford, there is color. Even in the cold. Even when both the rivers have been frozen over for a week and all the houseboats are stuck. The people wear cheery colors and smile at one another, and life is grand.
Now I'm back in Chicago, I miss that.
Enter lime green pants:
Discovered these at Unique, a most awesome thrift store and the best place (in my opinion) to buy clothing ever. They are more vividly green in the sunlight, I promise.
But more to the point, the day I wore these pants and wandered all over campus, almost every person I walked past smiled. It made me happy. I like making people smile, even if it's because they can't quite believe I'm wandering around in pants that color.
Yes, school is great and amazing and wonderful (I'll post about this later, too.), but if there is one thing I learned while in Oxford, it's that one of the most important things is happiness. You can work real hard, get good grades, be a very successful person, but what does it all mean if there's no happiness in it? Happiness for yourself, and for others. Little things like lime green pants to help cure the winter dreariness of Chicago, and bring a smile to a stranger's face, if even for a moment. These are just as important as getting that Kierkegaard reading done and successfully contributing an interesting idea to the class discussion.
We have all these goals set for us, by society, our peers, our families and ourselves. All these great expectations we strive to meet. But let's not forget to have a little fun along the way, shall we? Spread some smiles, and keep cheery this winter!