Editor’s Desk: Taking the Signs to Slow Down

Editor-in-Chief Austin Hojdar has taken the past week of being sick as a reminder to slow down.

I’ve been very sick this past week.

I’ll glaze over details and symptoms, but it’s been sort of unpleasant for myself and those around me. 

The whole time, I’ve been forced to lay down and think about why the sickness chose to afflict me. And with what some of my friends have concluded is an annoying level of optimism, I’ve decided to take it as a reminder to slow down. 

Our lives are defined by constant motion, whether that be shuttling between Loyola campuses or scrolling through social media to no end. But a lot of that is going to change in a few months.

This will likely be the first of many editor’s desks to touch on this topic, but with graduation approaching and the “real” job search looming, there’s a lot to look forward to and a lot to be scared of. 

Apart from this past week, I’ve been periodically getting migraines over the past year. Doctors and medical professionals don’t always know the exact cause of migraines, but many link them to genetics and external stressors.

Now, mine have yet to be that severe or last for more than a day, and the National Institute of Health reports there are over one billion people each year who experience some form of migraine, so I’m not saying I’m special. But I am saying I should be listening to my body for signs to slow down and enjoy the now.

And I hope you do, too.

We have plenty of interesting stories in this first issue back from winter break. In news, read about the closure of local breakfast joint Honey Berry Cafe. In opinion, read some advice on how to handle a family vacation.

Thank you for reading and remember to slow down.

Austin Hojdar

Austin Hojdar