SEA Currents: Woods Hole Partnership Education Program
Living in the Moment
When I was younger I would travel to a new place and never think about being there. I would have an experience and not be in the moment, I would passively participate in a moment. I honestly lacked an appreciation of “the moment”. I didn’t know that as I got older, most of the people that I had these great experiences with would no longer be part of my life. I didn’t realize that sometimes there are perfect moments that might only happen once in your life. I didn’t realize I was having a perfect summer until after it was fall. I had no idea that when was I laughing with my friends and family that as the years went on, a lot of those people would pass away. As I have gotten older I have made it a point to be in the moment. I have learned to not take whatever moment I am in for granted. Since I have been here in Woods Hole I have been fully engaged in almost every instant throughout my day. I walk to my lab every morning. Although, through the first half of my walk I am thinking about the day ahead of me, I am still making sure that I am appreciating the simple act of walking to my lab. I am present in all of the moments that I interact with during my walk to my lab. I appreciate the smell of the trees and flowers. I enjoy the sound and smell of the beach.
In my lab I actually have no choice but to be in the moment. I enjoy the work very much; I have to think of nothing but my current task. The chemistry involved is difficult and great care has to be taken to not contaminate samples. I am working with strong acids and bases that could seriously harm me or even kill me so there is no room for clumsiness or inattentiveness while working with these samples. Part of my task in my lab is to digest samples. Those samples need strong acids in order to fully dissolve; acids such as hydrochloric, nitric, and hydrofluoric. The hydrofluoric is the most dangerous and nerve racking to deal with. Despite the danger involved, this sort of work can be quite meditative. I believe I have the perfect disposition for this work actually. To conclude this entire thought, I am very happy with what I have experienced these past 8 weeks. I am trying to live in the moment from the time I leave the cottages to walk to lab; during the conversations I have with my fellow PEP’sters, while walking to the beach in the evening to watch the sunset. Life consists of a bunch of moments. If one doesn’t pay attention to these moments then they might wake up one morning and believe they didn’t really live a life.