The Stairs of Life

Whimsical Wednesdays with Arlinda!

Welcome back Obscurians! The fall semester has started and already we are struggling to meet due dates, brainstorming new concepts, and ordering new books. In all the chaos of keeping up, sometimes we forget that we need a moment to relax and to reflect.

Percy Shelley’s poem “O World, O Life, O Time” reminds me to appreciate the simple and calm moments in life. It is a reminder that life flies by and the moments that pass cannot be relived.

O World, O Life, O Time,

On whose last steps I climb,

Trembling at that where I had stood before,

When will return the glory of your prime?

No more, O never more!



Moments are fleeting and each one holds significance unique to all the rest. While we are working towards our educational and career goals, it is important to reflect on all that we have accomplished thus far and look forward to our future without forgetting to actually enjoy the present.

Personally, while I climb the stairs leading to my future, I do not want to stop and tremble “at that where I had stood before” wondering “when will return the glory of [my] prime”. Instead, I want to look upon the steps I have taken and remember how hard I worked and how great it feels to have walked up one more step on my path.

While you are stressing over assignments and working towards completing your goals, remember to take a break every once in a while, relax, have some fun, and take pride in how far you have come. If you ask me, the “glory” of our “prime” is overrated; life is filled with different stages and different steps, each glorious in its own way.


~Arlinda Mulosmanaj


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