Top gift of 2012: Your TIME

By Brandon Desiderio
December 11, 2012

In a week, you’ll be in the clear: finals will be finished and you’ll have a month to do with as you please.

It’ll be time to dig up that self-indulgent to-do list that you made back in October during your mini identity crisis, time to lie around on the couch and eat all the potato chips in sight. We at the Loquitur completely agree with every selfish decision you plan to make to help you unwind from the stress of this semester – but don’t forget to set aside a little time for self-improvement, too.

Trashy TV and processed foods only take you so far before you’re left with a day left of break and a million regrets. Remember that blog you wanted to finally get around to starting? What about that book by old what’s-his-name that you’ve been meaning to read for the past four years?

Whatever your plans are, don’t forget to set aside time for that thing we call “soul-searching.” Maybe you’re still at odds on what to do after college. Maybe it’s time to start injecting your life with more meaning – more hours at the soup kitchen; more time spent with those in need, those who have no one to turn to.

One of the best nonreturnable things in life that you can give is your time – and the best part about it? You don’t have to bother with the wrapping paper and pricey, impersonal Hallmark cards.

So catch up with friends and spend time with family. Drive around your neighborhood tuned into B101’s sickeningly sweet Christmas medleys and admire the holiday decorations of your neighbors – and relish in the fact that your parents aren’t the ones paying those ridiculous electricity bills.

Just don’t forget the bigger picture: one day, you won’t have breaks like these to buttress your bouts of stress; one day, your time to unwind will take place only on weekends and vacation days.

Time is the best gift you can give – everyone can always use more of it. Spend it wisely.

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