Sunday, May 4, 2014

Taking a Break Before the Home Stretch

This past weekend was the start of a much-needed break before my summer (and final semester) of college begins. 

I spent Friday mowing my lawn and my dad's lawn, running errands and enjoying the warm weather. 

On Saturday, I slept late for the first time in a long time.  I met a friend that I have known since 4th grade for sushi and we caught up on much (but not all) of what was going on in our lives.

When my girlfriend came over, we went to dinner and then met two of my friends from school at a club where we had a few drinks and some wonderful conversation.  In fact, it was one of those nights where we didn't get to bed until 4am.

We slept a few hours and got back up to meet two more friends for brunch - trying to catch up on their lives and letting them meet the new person in mine. 

I even had my ex-husband over today to help me trouble shoot a problem with a new ceiling fan he installed for me.  When it was a simple matter of resetting the remote control, we both looked at each other and burst out laughing and I thought, "This is good." 

Only 6 years ago, when I came out of the closet, he wished me dead.  Now, we hug each other and help each other and we laugh at each other. He met my girlfriend a few weeks ago and then again today, they were chatting like pals.

These are the types of things that recharge me during a semester break. 

Yes, I hustle to get the house back in order and clean. I usually have a garage sale to raise money for my tuition and  catch up on all of the small issues that need to be taken care of.  But the most important of all:

I try to reconnect with the people that I love but don't often get to see when I'm taking classes and working 5 days a week.

The people in my life, the dearly beloved friends and family that I have deep connections with - they recharge me in a way that I cannot describe. 

The main thing that my father's illness has taught me is to love the people in your life and do not take them for granted.  I really want to make time for them.

For the next two weeks, I will be doing more visiting, reconnecting, building, resting, recharging and especially loving. 

Oh, and Florida beach condo, here I come...


Solitary Diner said...

This sounds like exactly what I'm looking forward to once my licensing exam is over! I was going to take a big exotic trip, but then I realized that I'd far rather stay here and actually see the people I've been neglecting for the past year.

Enjoy the break, and good luck with the home stretch.

Shannon said...

Yes! It's weird to be around them in vicinity but not really have time to even meet for coffee, let alone have a meaningful conversation where we catch up on each other's lives. It's amazing how something as simple as a meal together with a friend can lift your mental energy to a place that it hasn't been in a very long time. I hope your staycation is as fantastic as this first weekend of my break has been. Thanks for stopping by!

curmudgeonlygal said...

You're almost done!

I follow my alma mater on The Twitter and this weekend will mark 5 years from my uni graduation. Strangely, I miss it.

However, the MOST amazing thing about being done is the incredible amounts of time you will find yourself with. Yes, we have time after each semester is over but they are always short lived and then you are back at it.

I loved school... but ALL THE FREE TIME!

Enjoy your friends and your trip before your last go-round!