The Matrics deliver weekly talks at the College assemblies. Last week’s talk was by Fern Wolf, SRC President:
“By a show of hands, how many of you can remember the last time that you sat down and did nothing. I don’t mean with your phone in your hands and your laptop on your lap. I mean you sat down and literally took a look at what’s around you.
Our lives are busy. We wake up, go to school, have sports practice, music lessons, meetings to attend, appointments to go to, and by the time we get to catch our breath, surprise, we have homework to do. We spend every minute of our days being busy, be it on our phones or tablets, with our face in a book, or on Facebook.
But sometimes, in the haste of all of this, we forget about the little things. When we do stop and pay attention to what’s happening in our lives, we’re only on the lookout for the bigger occurrences that we think we can be sure will contribute to our achievement and happiness. The problem with this is, that we tend to then overlook the little things that surround us on a day to day basis, that when you think about it, contribute more to your happiness than that smartphone you got last week or the A you got in the last S-Test.
I’m not sure about all of you, but sometimes I get rather impatient standing in line. Or I sit in class literally for the bell to ring. Yet when I stop and really reflect on what it is I’m rushing around for, where my impatience with the day-to-day happenings of my life come from, I never have a substantial reason.
Then I think about the moments in my life when I’ve been truly happy. These moments are small. Sure, when I got a new cat, or I was voted SRC president or the entire school sang happy birthday to me in assembly I was happy; but it’s the tiny things that happen while I’m sitting in class or waiting in line—like the sincere smile a friend gave me from across the class when I was feeling down last week – These moments are the real reason for the smile on my face.
So what am I rushing for and to? Matriculating? Old age? The next line? Why is it that sometimes when we could find happiness right in front of ourselves that we always want to be somewhere else?
Basically what I’m saying is that we must remember that every time you wish a seemingly less-than-perfect moment away, in a way we’re wishing away those other moments that make us who we are, and sometimes we spend so much of our time thinking about what could be, rather about what is.
To end off, I’ve got a video that I came across the other day. You may recognise the little boy in it, Kid President, from a video we showed you last year. I thought that in some ways, it may just give you an idea of some of the smaller things we should pay attention to, and say, to make our overall happiness that much greater.”