I fell asleep on the couch yesterday after eight hours of orientation leader training before I could write my blog post.
But it just so happens that this is the perfect transition into what I’m going to talk about.
During eight hours of training, naturally, you’re bound to learn a lot of things. But there was one thing that really stuck out to me.
The idea of creating vs. re-creating.
Our orientation coordinator, Maria Arbizo, put this on the last slide of the powerpoint, leaving it as one of the most important pieces of advice.
Many times in life, people who have come before us tell us of the experiences they had in the position we hold: whether it’s positive or negative. We adapt what happened to them into our expectations, when the truth is—our experience will be different.
She told us not to re-create, but to create.
This summer, there will be a whole different class of orientation leaders than last year. There will be different first year students, different circumstances, and different opportunities.
And I think this applies to most everything else in life.
Your experience is unique. You won’t view it or see it or have it like anyone else ever did, or ever will.
Your experience is yours. More importantly—your experience is yours to create.
So drop all of your expectations,
and get to creating.