With college though there is an added pressure that, in those few, precious summer months we had some relief from: the pressure of having it all figured out. What is "it" exactly? It is having a plan, knowing what you want to do with your life, making goals and reaching them. You'll find people all over campus straining and stressing trying to plan every exact detail of every waking hour. "If I want to take this class my senior year I have to take these three now, these 2 next year and..." It's not just the students though. Ask almost any student and they will tell you that they've had the "so what are your plans after college?" conversation. My sister has had this talk with our parents and she's not even in college yet.
Society want people to be in control and have a plan and ready themselves for the future. But for me that seems like a silly thing to do. If all you are concentrating on is getting the grade and looking to the future aren't you then neglecting the present? If you are working so hard planning for the future that you don't have time to feel joy, will there be any joy in your future? I know that it is important to have a plan and I find myself really stressing because I find myself at times without one; I wait until the last minutes to get something done and I feel sick and awful the entire time. Despite all this though, I know I am able to enjoy the present and, as my theater teachers have taught me "be in the moment."
Wouldn't it be great if there was a happy middle-ground between the two? That you could plan and still make time to enjoy the now. If anyone could do that, could you let me in on the secret, casue I would really like to know it.