Free money and Free Time

If I woke up tomorrow and found $10,000 on my dresser and found out that all my plans for the next week were canceled I would probably weep with excitement and relief. I am the kind of person that overextends myself to the point where I can’t get anything done which seriously heightens my stress and anxiety levels. If I woke up tomorrow with $10,000 and seven days worth of plans canceled I would make it the most stress and care free week of my life.

I would begin by hiring an assistant, her name would be Andrea, I don’t know why it just seems fitting. Andrea would be in charge of making sure everything went smoothly so I did not have to worry about a thing. Did I mention I am also a huge worrier?

Andrea’s first task would be to make an appointment for a spa day. Manicures, pedicures and massages, you know, the works. Andrea would definitely get to come too, she will have earned it after putting up with me.  Andrea would then  make arrangements for my boyfriend and I to fly off to New York city for two nights, where we would eat in little Italy, go shopping on 5th ave, go dancing and stay at the Ritz.

I would then do something I have always wanted to do, which is give back to the school that has given me so much. I would donate as much money needed to plant a lustrous garden in a spot on campus I feel like doesn’t get much love. We have this coy pond and green houses behind one of the academic buildings that could be a really nice place to sit near or walk through but it has become really run down and abandoned almost. I would spend a few days planting flowers and cleaning up the area. I could even donate a bench that would have one of those placards on it engraved with my name, that would be pretty cool.

After the garden was finished I would go to a book store and buy lots of books so that I could spend the rest of the week reading, like I said, I never have enough time to read.

Reading, Writing, Learning & Dancing.

I miss reading. While in school, reading for pleasure really goes out the window. I have had the book “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green out from the school library (where I also work) since January and have only gotten to page 50. I loved “Looking for Alaska” by John Green too and want to continue to read his work but I just can not find the time!

I have been finding the time for some shorter works recently though, especially with the constant presence of technology in my life. Introvert Fairy Tales is a wonderful little gem of a creative writing blog. It is written by Sophie an introvert of course, she describes the blog as “what “Happily Ever After” looks like when being alone isn’t a problem to be fixed.” One of her most recent posts is a spin off of Princess and the Pea which coincidentally was my mother’s nickname for me growing up.

This most valuable lesson caught my eye because even though it did not really relate to my situation it still made a great point. He is a teacher and a father, in this post he discusses a lesson a professor in graduate school taught him. She told him that “Everyone is dancing the best dance that he or she can.” and he has used this lesson as a way to approach the children in his classroom but he also relates it back to our lives as well. He asks us “what if you used this same philosophy towards everyone in your family and office?”, if we all just kept in mind that there is much more below the surface than what meets the eye then we would be more willing to help rather than judge.

Fire and Air is an incredibly impressive blog written by an incredibly impressive person. He has a passion for music and his blog in primarily about his study of it but he has BS degrees in physics and astronomy, and an MS in physics with a concentration on high-energy/particle physics. That’s a mouth full right? What an accomplished guy. He recently posted about the importance of getting a job even it isn’t the perfect one, of course he is writing for musicians but when someone says this to you: “So … if this is going to take 15 to 20 years of unrelenting effort anyway, why the hell not have a stable, safe indoors office job that pays reliably for all that time? There’s a lot to be said for a good car, a grown-up sofa, and a real bed instead of a freakin futon, not to mention a savings account and a Roth IRA.” you listen, especially at my age.

As you all know I am a senior college, graduating in a few weeks and I am feeling a lot of different ways about my next chapter. This piece was touching and heart wrenching and I felt a strong connection to her situation. The heart really is a muscle that can help you stand back up when you don’t think you can.

What have you been reading lately?