Lots of changes are taking place towards the end of July and the beginning of the last summer month, August. Change is good, but at the same time, can cause some fear, anxiety and disruption from my routine. I’m namely referring to (1) getting a new phone, (2) getting a new roommate and (3) not traveling anywhere far this summer. What is the big deal with getting a new phone, you must be thinking? I guess in reality it’s really not an issue, it’s just interim before the phone comes that is hard. Getting a new roommate is understandably difficult, a shift of living conditions and the idea of having a new person in my space. Not traveling– well, that is a big change for me considering I’m not working to support that luxury at this point in my life. I’m trying to substitute not getting on a flight for some short road trips. But right now, I’m sorely overdue for getting away from the City and I don’t see one in sight until about 3 more weeks. 3 more weeks of torture.
At 27/28 years old, I’m too old for this. Seriously. The funny part is that I’ve not really had a horrible experience. I’ve just had an uncomfortable experience, and that was bad enough. I’ve never lived with anyone who wasn’t family, so this was definitely a wake-up call. I don’t know what to make of the experience, except we just weren’t a good match. Communication was one of the major issues, and I think the unfamiliar formality of the arrangement was also something I didn’t like. I’ve been showing the apartment to other hopeful tenants, without realizing this place is really a hard sell! I didn’t like it the first time I saw it. I took it because I was desperate to get settled somewhere before school started. Well, in September I’ll be here for another 9 months before my life takes another turn. Graduation will be around the corner and I’ll be looking forward to signing another lease– by myself.
Droid failed me. My phone gave out on SevenEleven- the day after my birthday. At first, it wouldn’t register my network and then it just started shutting off on its own. I took it to the store, they changed the battery, changed the SIM and nothing changed. Well, my warranty had expired just 2 weeks before and there was nothing T-Mobile could do for me with no insurance. I was forced to use a backup phone, forced into back tracking to non-smartphone status. It was 3 days later that I realized that my smartphone is a lifestyle now. Not a choice. I feel all out of sorts without it, without a doubt, it’s an addiction now. But, it truly does make my life easier. Or at the very least, it makes me feel that way. Shopping for my next option, has been a bit exhaustive, but nonetheless I’m ready for change.
From Work Life to Student Life
I miss having the freedom that a weekly income provides. Schedule some time off, take a trip. You’re right, I just came back from Las Vegas. But that trip was not really for me. It was to be a bridesmaid, a help, a friend. I really need a retreat. For me. What do you do when you need to get away from the familiar and recoup but you can’t go anywhere far? Right now, I’m thinking about taking a trip to the Coast. I’m longing to hear some waves and eat some seafood. This student life is relentless. I’m ending my online class this week, finally! Never taking one again. Don’t do it. There’s no direct instruction, and it feels like someone just made a schedule which involves reading, assignments and exam. Except, you teach yourself. I don’t know how people do it. Glad that’s over. Well, right now, I’ll be vacationing by revisiting older posts, and planning something before school starts on August 26th. School is a month away! Where did the time go?
Things I’ve learned about myself this summer:
- I may just be fed up with the concrete jungle. Somewhat.
- Free time and me are no good together. Busy is better.
- I am still learning to enjoy my own company. It’s a process.
- Summer is better spent outside, but not when the sun is brutal. Safety first.
What are you looking forward to next month? How do you get-away when you can’t physically leave your location?