edu180atl: hollis schmidt 10.29.12
“I feel infinite” as the character, Charlie, from the new film, Perks of Being a Wallflower, says. But what does it mean to feel infinite? Charlie describes infinite to be driving through a tunnel with the wind at your face, listening to the perfect song blasting from the stereo, not caring where you are headed as long as your friends are there.
This feeling of infinite exists in music, in writing, and in traveling. There will always be someone smarter, prettier, and more talented than you in whatever you choose to pursue, but the art of feeling infinite lies in the happiness of doing what you love and forgetting about how others measure success. Why should it matter that what makes you happy is different than that of what makes your peers happy? Feeling “infinite” for me can be eating pizza at 12 a.m. with my best friend, or lying in the grass looking up at the stars, or holding the hand of a child in Ghana promising them their life will get better.
Arguably, this feeling is deeper than happiness, for it is doing something that you will always remember. This moment has been tabbed forever and no matter how old, or where life may take you, you can always look back and remember what you were doing, whom you were with, and how happy it made you feel.
I challenge you to embrace this feeling of “infinite,” of not caring what others think and diving into happiness.
Hollis is a junior at Holy Innocents’. She is an athlete who enjoys learning and traveling around the world. Her favorite place to be is watching the sunrise at camp in the mountains of North Carolina.