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Appreciate The Moment In 2022

Feb 02, 2022 10:14PM ● By Jared Zornitzer

Life is a ticking clock, time is inexorable. One person may be living in the present, enjoying each moment as they come. Another may be absorbed by worries about the future. At the end of the day, who is living a more fulfilling life? Who will be able to look back at their life with no regrets? This year, my resolution is to do a better job of living in the moment so that I can avoid looking back on my life with remorse.

These ideas flooded into my mind during winter break. Without fail, as the end of the break approached, I could not believe how fast it had passed. We so easily take things for granted. For example, I was alive for 15 years before I was consciously thankful for my grandma, one of the most influential figures in my life. Undoubtedly, she had a large impact on my life before but only then did I perceive it. She instilled in me a core value—family comes first—through being such a steadfast figure in my life. Unfortunately, it was only in her last few years that I truly cherished her presence and influence on my life. 

Similarly, I watched a movie over break where humans are on the brink of extinction. At the moment before the extinction event, the main character says, in a moment of revelation, “we really had everything.” Those are his last words. “Oh my god,” I thought, “those are the most tragic and poetic dying words.” Those words evoked a sudden shock; I knew in that instant that I better start believing that I have everything too. I resolved to keep that doctrine closer to my mind in 2022; that whatever I have is beautiful and enough and deserves my appreciation.

I was a young boy during those years that I didn’t comprehend my grandma’s impact, so I don’t really put myself at fault. I was always grateful whenever we spent time together, but what I discovered at age 15 is that there is a deliberate thinking process involved when one desires to fully appreciate someone or something. At the instant that you identify what is important to you, you must repeat its importance in your head until it becomes ingrained in your thoughts daily. The wonderful part is that if this subject is a person, your efforts will bring you much closer together. For me, I began calling my grandma several times per week. We talked about our days, upcoming events and the next time we would see each other. These phone calls brought me immense satisfaction for getting to touch base and connect with her.

Nobody wants to end up in the character from that movie’s shoes, where he only acknowledges the value of life at the moment of death. To ensure that we don’t, I believe that we must passionately pursue the goal of not letting a day slip by unappreciated.

Jared Zornitzer is a full-time college student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY studying engineering. An advocate of balancing work and school with exercise and healthy living, he loves hiking, biking, running, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and learning in his classes.

Tick Talk

Spring officially sprung on March 21. We have turned our clocks ahead. We are looking forward to warm winds, sunny skies and the smell of fresh cut grass. The daffodils and tulips have recently bloomed and we are just starting with the yard work that comes with the warmer weather.  Sadly, another season has started ramping up.  Tick season.

•             The best form of protection is prevention. Educating oneself about tick activity and how our behaviors overlap with tick habitats is the first step.

•             According to the NJ DOH, in 2022 Hunterdon County led the state with a Lyme disease incidence rate of 426 cases per 100,000 people. The fact is ticks spend approximately 90% of their lives not on a host but aggressively searching for one, molting to their next stage or over-wintering. This is why a tick remediation program should be implemented on school grounds where NJ DOH deems high risk for tick exposure and subsequent attachment to human hosts.

•             Governor Murphy has signed a bill that mandates tick education in NJ public schools. See this for the details.  Tick education must now be incorporated into K-12 school curriculum. See link:

•             May is a great month to remind the public that tick activity is in full swing. In New Jersey, there are many tickborne diseases that affect residents, including Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Powassan, and Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiosis.

•             For years, the focus has mainly been about protecting ourselves from Lyme disease. But other tick-borne diseases are on the rise in Central Jersey. An increase of incidence of Babesia and Anaplasma are sidelining people too. These two pathogens are scary because they effect our blood cells. Babesia affects the red blood cells and Anaplasma effects the white blood cells.

•             Ticks can be infected with more than one pathogen. When you contract Lyme it is possible to contract more than just that one disease. This is called a co-infection. It is super important to pay attention to your symptoms. See link.

A good resource from the State:


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