About time

Laura Amin

It honestly is about time that I wrote a post here. Period 3 was more challenging than even 1 and 2; I know most people will not agree with me, but it is possible to make it such with the paranoia of jobs and networking creeping in.

This post was actually inspired by a movie of the same title as the post that I watched as part of my three-part master plan of procrastination (other parts include grocery shopping and coffee drinking). The movie is about how the protagonist can travel back in time and eventually starts to repeat one ordinary day simply to notice beyond the frustrations of the day to live the tiny bits and pieces of fun and happy moments. A quote from the movie sums it up beautifully:

“The truth is I now don't travel back at all, not even for the day. I just try to live every day as if I've deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.”

P3 was so intense that I wish I’d watched the movie then and realised that rather than rushing from one thing to another and hiding out in unknown BORs in odd nooks and crannies of the campus, it would be so much more relaxing if we all paused to reflect on time that was passing by. Because we are all in the same boat after all – stressed about job hunts and OCRs and coffee chats and dinners and what-nots. Some of us may have done a better job at the pauses than others.

As we near the end of the INSEAD journey, I cannot help but realise that it is all a limited span of time that we will be in this wonderful bubble and layover from work life. Just remember to breathe, notice and smile. We have the rest of our work life to stress and worry over.