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Live in the moment

By Amanda Sialiano
On December 6, 2012


As fall semester is coming to an end, I find myself thinking about where I stand in my college career. Just a few weeks ago, I registered for my spring semester classes and as doing so it hit me-- once I’m done with the 2012-2013 school year, I am halfway done with my undergraduate studies. Will I accomplish all that I still want to during my future years at Sacred Heart? Will I let myself down?

My anxiety from this situation started to diminish after I read my Uncle Dave’s blog post last Sunday. On Dec. 2, 2011, my uncle went into surgery to remove his right leg due to cancer that was in his femur. This past Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of his life changing surgery. Initially, many people would look at the negatives to this life altering decision, but my uncle has done the opposite.

I can clearly remember the first day that I visited him at his home once he had returned from recovery: he was still the bright, energetic man that I have always known. Not once did he let this situation create an obstacle for him- it created opportunities. After reading my uncle’s blog post, I was inspired in a way that I had never been before.

Dave states, “Ultimately, you can’t go home again. You can never go backward. You must keep moving forward, and you have to keep swimming.” My uncle shares that his friend at work noted his cancer anniversary and asked him the question, “When you think of how far you’ve come over the past year, aren’t you proud of yourself?” Following this question, he realized that he hadn’t taken the time to look back even for a minute.

He relates this to his change in walking and states, “Maybe that’s because as I relearned how to walk with my prosthetic leg, I’ve had to keep my head straight, sometimes look down at my feet, but always keep focused on moving forward. If I were to turn my head, I could easily get distracted, disoriented, trip myself up.”

I immediately realized how his situation could be an analogy for my fear of college ending in a blink of an eye. I need to live in the present and not the past-- and if a man with one leg had the strength to move ahead into the future with his head up high, ready to take on life, then I can too.

I can dwell on the fact that I’ve almost reached my halfway mark, but I now realize that the past is penmanship that can’t be erased. For me to keep thinking about past anniversaries and what cannot be changed is irrelevant to what lies ahead of me in the future.

Memories and anniversaries last a lifetime, but are nothing that should hold you back from living in the moment.


To read Dave’s blog post, visit:

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