By: Maan “Maggie” Villar, The World According to Maggie V
This afternoon, I was going through my vocabulary review for the law admissions review classes I signed up for and out of the hundreds of words tasked for my study group, sojourn was one that particularly struck me. I have used the word many times in the past and believed that sojourn pertained to journey, travel or a conquest – to come up with this parallel, I have used my linguistic instinct and context clues to guide me to such assumed meaning. A while ago, I found out what sojourn really means… Sojourn means “a temporary stay” or “to stay as a temporary resident”. I was alone in the room, the rain trickling over my windows and with only the hum of the winds the storm has brought to let my thoughts drift. I thought that my life was a sojourn all the while, equating sojourn to a journey or quest, but having learned its real meaning I somehow think that every period, every moment, every month, every year, every birthday is but a phase – a temporary phase of which I am a temporary resident. It would all go by and we all need to move on from these phases, to advance, go forward, go yonder and see what life has in store for us, to see the product of our efforts and dreams, to leave the pains of the past and ripen ourselves to newer pains and indistinct, ephemeral pleasures and happiness. We only sojourn in this life if we want better, there is nothing permanent anyway.