Stage 1: The Count Down
This is technically right before the break or your time off ends. This is when you really are still trying to enjoy the time, but it becomes hard because you can’t seem to stop thinking about how much time you have left. This is when I always try really hard to “live in the moment” and this is often when I fail the most at doing that.
Stage 2: Confident You
This is right before class or work starts back up and you are really talking yourself up. Kind of like the little engine that could. “I think I can. I think I can.” You are feeling good about it all. You can tackle any to-do list. You can climb any mountain. You are a super hero in your mind. This is all great and exciting, until you actually have to do something.
Stage 3: Why Me
This is generally where you question everything you have ever done in your entire life that has lead you to the current moment. Why am I here? Why isn’t watching netflix a job? Why did I wear this? Why didn’t I go to bed earlier? You get my point here!
Stage 4: Anxiety
Wow, after the break you usually have lots to do. Lots of things to write down. Lots of people to contact. Lots of people to see. Lots of things on the to-do list. If you are like me, this can often give plenty of anxiety. You cross off one thing and add two more. It’s okay… it will all work out… I will let you know when. (hahahah)
Stage 5: Welcome Back
This is when you realize how blessed you are to be doing what you are doing. For example, I am so blessed to go to a school like TCU. I mean I am actually blessed to be going to any school. The getting back in the swing of things is part of it. It may sound fun to watch Netflix all day, but when it comes down to it you will eventually get bored. And then what would I do? Probably complain about not being in school. Be thankful for what you have. Not everyone is lucky enough. Eventually you will come to this realization and it will be the best thing that has ever happened to you. You will have moments where you fall back a couple of steps, but for the most part you will be content.
I am about at a 4.5. It is just so hard to start new classes, and get on a new schedule. But it is also sooooo worth it. Hang in there and remember that you are not the only one who goes through the stages of getting back in the swing of things. Be grateful because in the end you will be grateful… I promise!
Southern and Thankful