Oh, I know what you’re going to say. Yes, I have been away. But let me assure you, that isn’t because my first problems have diminished. Not at all, if anything they have compounded.
Take for instance, problem #1: My job was not allowing me to reach my full potential.
8:30 to 4:30 everyday, in a cubicle, at a computer, managing paperwork and filling in meaningless forms. Running in circles for approvals. It was like living Vaclav Havel’s The Memorandum, but without all the hilarity. So, I quit. I went back to school.
After the heady impulsive rebellion driven rush, the reality of the situation kicked in. I had to write an eloquent resignation and rush around to shop for schools supplies to accommodate the demands of student life.
- I had to get a new laptop
- A nice laptop case.
- I had to get a new router so I had reliable wifi in every corner of the house (it was notoriously spotty in the northeast wing).
- I needed a new chair for my ‘office’.
- I needed a reading lamp.
- I needed more comfy leggings and warm sweaters to keep off the chill as I studied.
Shopping is a lot of work.
And then came problem #2: School has not improved in the past two decades. It was like a Jr High nightmare flashback. With god as my witness, I swore I would never parse again.
But I parsed, and bit my lip with every missing oxford comma.
I settled in to spending 3 hours a week in class and several more hours a day in yoga pants sitting at my laptop in my office working through my course readings. The only breaks I got were when I got up, basically whenever I wanted, to make myself a latte or have a hot bath. It was rigorous and exhausting.
That was just to start, my entire second post secondary journey was fraught with peril. But, that’s for another day. Right now, I am late for my manicure.