This fall is the first time since I was a wee little tyke that I’m not in school. It’s weird.
It’s more weird because I live in the middle of a college town – Harvard, to be exact. It was super noticeable when the students came back into town, and it was odd that I wasn’t one of them.
I actually haven’t been as agitated about the fact that I’m not in school as I expected. Perhaps it’s because the past two years were excruciatingly difficult, or it’s because graduate school wasn’t as “school-ish” in the traditional way. Whatever it is, I’m liking it.
I like having time to take really long walks when the weather is stunning and all I want to do is be outside.
I like having time to go apple picking and then make every possible apple treat because I have the time.
I like that I get to be excited about the start of “knitting season” because I will actually be casting on a ton of new things this season without feeling guilty.
I like being able to spend time with friends and not be concerned about how much studding time I’m missing.
I’m still having a hard time figuring out what to do with my spare time. This is a weird problem to have, I realize that. But I’ve never had this much free time before. Plus, income! It’s a different world when you aren’t in school. Needless to say, it’s been a transition, but I expected to feel more unsettled this fall than I’m actually feeling.
For that, I am glad.