Today I was back at my undergraduate alma mater speaking at a homecoming event.
It’s been 20 years since I was a freshman at UNH and 16 years since my graduation. Yet as I walked around campus and through many of the buildings where I spent most of my time, I felt as though I went through a time warp. The look, feel, sounds, and smells were exactly as I remembered them – it was both comforting and unsettling at the same time.
A part of me felt like I could have simply plugged right back in where I left off in 1995. Another part of me was poignantly reminded just how much time has gone by in what seems like a mere instant. How does that happen? Will it be 2027 in a blink of an eye?
I work in an industry where tomorrow barely looks like today. The media landscape moves at breakneck speed – it’s what I love about it and I do everything humanly possible to keep pace with it. But every once in a while, it’s nice to pause and reflect back on the many formative moments in time through an ever maturing point-of-view. And one more thing that hasn’t changed since 1995 is the fact that I’ve been incredibly lucky in the world beyond UNH’s footsteps. And for that, I’m thankful.
To the current UNH students I met today, there’s so much more amazing life ahead of you – the adventure is just beginning. (Just make sure you stay in the driver's seat.)