IÂ spent the weekend up North, on Lake Caribou at myÂ family cabin that has been passed on through three generations of Hoch’s. My dad and I drove up on friday afternoon and were greeted by my cousin Tyler and Uncle Billy. I sometimes forget, or at least did when I was away at school, how important being in Northern Minnesota is to me The simplicity of the lake, bunk beds and closet sized shower (that I usually avoid and opt out for aÂ lake bath instead) was the perfect way for me to come home after graduation. The lack of cell phone reception combined with a fishing pole and cold beer is my favorite time to meditateÂ and rest. And after a three-month, Senior year celebration…it was just what I needed. To be around family and people that I love so much.
My Grandma hasn’t been doing well for some time now and as hard as it was to be up North without her at the cabin…itÂ was aÂ reminder of the strength of family. Since this limbo of graduation and the beginning of the, “real world” I’ve been panicking severely. I can’t explain the way that people look at me when I try to tell them why I’m moving to Australia…but it doesn’t feel great. There are the occasional, “cool’s” and “good for you’s” but there are a surprising amount of people judging me for moving into the unfamiliar.
Thereâ€™s a plaque at my cabin, called “Why Worry?” that always puts my life into perspective, whichÂ was particularly important for me to read upon my journey back home in between Minnesota and Australia.Â It reminds me of being young and feeling un-cool but coming to terms with the un-cool in me that I’ve now fully embraced. “Why Worry” has always reminded me of the simplicity of life and the angle in which we view our world in…and as I make the next step in my life, I’m reminded of this concept that I’ll carry with me as I make my move.
Why Worry? There are only two things to worry about: either you are healthy or you are sick. If you are healthy, then there is nothing to worry about. But if you are sick there are only two things to worry about: either you will get well or you will die. If you get well, then there is nothing to worry about. But if you die there are only two things to worry about, either you will go to heaven or to hell. If you go to heaven, then there is nothing to worry about. And if you to go hell, youâ€™ll be so g*d damnÂ busy shaking hands with your friends you wonâ€™t have time to worry.