"We are a collective geezer." Uffish, to Katya
Question #89778 posted on 05/31/2017 4:32 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How do you make the most of an experience when it's close to being over? I've got about a month left in Taiwan and I'm going to miss it so much when I leave! I know I'll be wishing I was in Taiwan all the time after I get home so how can I enjoy the time that I have left?

-The Happy Medium

A:

Dear Happy, 

Write about it. 
In poetry or prose
Take a picture
Of where the wind blows
You
Create a place
For what you know

You
Look for moments
Not for things
Enjoy exactly what
Life brings
You
Stop trying to be
Something far away
Trust
You
Will be more
Than what's been
You 
Start a new day
Remember what was
To know what is
To know the way
Back to
You
Breathe
In what's around
You
Hear
Memorize the sounds
That surround
You
See 
What wasn't seen before
Because it is more than
You 
Know
You are changed
And life is not the same
Because 
Life 
Is
Lived in seasons
And all we can do is trust
They'll pass
They'll come back
They'll happen
and so will
You. 

-Auto Surf

A:

Dear Joy in the Middle,

I try and avoid thinking about the imminent termination, and just enjoy the moment. 

~Anathema

A:

Dearest Medium,

Make notes of what surprises you about Taiwan and what no longer does. Note annoyances and things you like. Possibly email Azriel your dilemma, because she knows Taiwan-things. Eat delicious food. Take pictures of the everyday, and the mundane--your apartment, your room, your street, your roommates--the normal stuff is the stuff I end up missing most when all is said and done.

About that last part--I lay awake for hours last night, missing friends from the HBLL help desk who--like me--have moved on and graduated. I wished I had made a better effort to keep memories of them, pictures or stories, perhaps. Yet even as time dulls details, blurs faces... when I managed to remember specific things about them, I felt like they were close again.

I don't really know what to say right now, but I sympathize with your plight. I could probably do better at recording my present and taking my own advice... but for now, it has been a long day and I should get to bed. 

Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz, who got caught in a high-mountain rainstorm earlier today in the Accursed Mountains of Kosovo... and should probably write about it

A:

Dear person,

Endings are sad! In my experience, I can more fully enjoy temporary good times in the moment despite worries about endings by practicing gratitude. That's a good little tip I got from reading Brené Brown. She is so cool.

-Sheebs