The present is the key to the past.
In geology this phrase is used to learn about past and future events on planet Earth by using current processes for interpretation. Although the main thing we should learn is that staying in the moment or living in the present is far more important than remembering the past or worrying about the future.
Travel is good for the soul.
It doesn’t matter where, how far or how long. Just go somewhere new. It doesn’t have to be exotic but a change of scenery and a bit of distance is always beneficial. It’s good to broaden your horizons by seeing different landscapes and experiencing strange cultures. Fieldwork in remote parts of the world creates wonderful opportunities for this. A chance to create great memories!
There are no countries.
It’s becoming increasingly apparent that it’s unfair to differentiate between nations and countries. Continental plates have shifted everywhere over the course of 4.6 billion years. If they’ve never been in fixed place, then it’s hard to see how we can set up boundaries.
You’re not the centre of the universe.
We’re orbiting a sun which is part of an enormous solar system. This solar system is on the edge of a massive galaxy. That galaxy is part of millions of others so it would be slightly naïve to assume the world revolves around yourself.
Only do something unless you’re passionate about it.
A lot of students go to university with a vague idea of what subject they’re passionate about. That’s pretty reasonable when you’re having to make life choices in your teens. Although, in life you’re defined by what you do day to day. What you talk about day to day. So work out what fits into your way of life and go from there. For me, geology is more than just a passion – it’s a lifestyle.