Recently there has been a tragedy in my family, a tragedy on my campus, and a tragedy at my alma mater. When people in your circle pass away, or you lose someone in the community, there is grief but there is also an incredible focus and refreshing of priorities in life. There are truly only a few things that really matter.
In the end, it is the people that matter. As much as I prefer the logical simplicity of equations, math, and physical objects – as much as I spend my day immersed in study and planning and working in the field of engineering – truly, it is ourselves and our family, friends, and fellow human beings who deserve the highest priority.
The latin motto, “Mens sana in corpore sano,” can be translated as a sound mind in a sound body. This holiday season (in the U.S., at least), I am incredibly thankful for my family and friends, and the love and support they provide. But more than that, I am thankful that the people I care about (and that care about me) are in good health, and I hope that each of them are growing, learning, and stretching their minds to enjoy life to the fullest.
Sound mind in a sound body. This has always struck a chord with me. Sound mind for thinking clearly, and a sound body for doing what I love. I am thankful for these things in my own life, and I wish the same for you and the people you love and who love you.