A week is a weird amount of time. It’s both too long and too short. Too long to feel like it’s okay to take an entire seven days off. Too short to feel like there’s enough time to truly accomplish anything.
At least, that’s how I feel as I try to decide how many t-shirts to unpack in my wispy peach colored bedroom for the next week before I move up to the Engineer’s grandparents’ house to start my internship.
I dislike teetering on the cusp of things. I dislike the buildup to the downward plunge. (As you might guess, I also hate roller coasters.) I dislike anticipating change for so long that all I can do is sit around making plan after plan. Don’t get me wrong – I dislike sudden change, too, but at least I can spring into action and deal with it. It’s far worse in my mind to have to simply, as someone once put it to me, sit with the uncertainty.
So this feels more like spring break than summer, which means I feel like I should have homework and be living out of a suitcase instead of unpacking and catching up on Once Upon A Time. It seems as though this is simply the waiting room, and I have yet to be ushered into my actual summer. Any routines I establish this week will be upended on Saturday when I leave again anyway. And yet, if I get into that vacation mindset, I’m worried I’ll lose my momentum for productivity.
Part of me is simply eager to get started on an amazing new job. Part of me is impatient to have a routine I can stay comfortably ensconced in for the next three months. Part of me is frustrated that, like the month and half of last summer spent preparing for the Big Exciting Thing, I am once again simply drifting in a kind of limbo.
Why can’t I just rush through it in a peppy montage and let the music fade as I drive into the town where I’ll be spending the summer?
Of course I love spending time at home with my family. Of course I love getting to have some time to recharge after a semester of craziness. Still, it’s difficult for me, as I’ve admitted before, to slow down for too long. (And I really am excited about this internship.)