I think I feel the most healthy, mentally, that I have in a long time. I feel independent, productive, balanced. I've had the greatest summer, enjoying the U.P., traveling a lot, having a lot of visitors and visiting a lot of people. I had been mentally frayed from such a long, cold, winter. Overwhelmed by school, and lonely due to only having one friend in the city who i rarely saw (been spending more time with her during the summer, though!) and my boyfriend moving away. I remember when I visited home in June, I felt like such a party pooper (una aguasfiestas--one of my favorite spanish words) because whenever anyone asked me about how things were going up north, all I could do was complain about how lonely I was. So getting to spend time with all of my friends and family has really revived me, in a way I desperately needed. And to top it all off, my sister and Kevin's visit last weekend put me over the top happy. They got in at 2am, we stayed up til almost five, woke up early to spend time together. We went to Black Rocks, she brought me presents, they visited me at work, and I hung out on the beach with her stepsister and her friends. Amanda is one of the greatest people I know. She's kind and funny and thoughtful and generous. And getting to spend so much time with her (Robert, Blair and I also visited her in Ann Arbor when we were in the Detroit-area) was so good for me.
I'm spending more time at the lake. I've almost finished my first issue of checkered past in three years. And I'm so mentally prepared to face the looming challenge/adventure in front of me: student teaching. I start in 2 1/2 weeks. Bring it on.
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