When this posts I will hopefully (sorry, I’m superstitious) be in Tucson, AZ for the week. Living next to the state you originated from – though worlds away – is nice in that if I need to come home or want to, I can. Other than money or time off, there isn’t much that stands in the way of my ability to go home. There’s no massive divide of time, distance, or red tape. When I miss my family or friends back in Tucson, I just imagine a map of the U.S., and how close I really am to them. I’m also grateful, especially in these politically turbulent times, that I don’t face the absolute inability to see my family or place of origin that millions of others do. The pain that they experience on a daily basis is truly unfathomable. And knowing that borders are just unreal, imagined lines, surely makes the distance even more insufferable.
As I work my way through my last semester of graduate school, I’m trying to build a more efficient, sustainable, and enjoyable day-to-day life. This is by far the least stressful semester I’ve had, but knowing that I’m about to be out of school and thrown into the “real world” again is anxiety inducing. In addition to my own concerns about student loans, health insurance, rent, bills, and getting a job, the realities of our political climate seem even more insurmountable. I’m trying to take everything one day at a time, but even that sort of patience gets difficult.
So that’s where spring break comes in. I’m taking this time to spend with loved ones and relax. Although I’ll still be on social media and engaging with our ever-changing political news, I’m going to disconnect a little and create some distance between me and my phone. This past week I’ve been spending considerably less time on Twitter and have been feeling happier and healthier. I can’t help but think that there’s a connection there.
I’m trying to be good about setting a strict blogging schedule, so I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for the newest post! In the meantime, check out my most recent post, Fun with Vinyl, and some links that have been popular lately including Who Says It Has to Be Modest? from my friend Lacey Bonham, and On Nostalgia & the Home in ‘Fuller House’, and The Decay of Cinema, or a New Cine-love? from me.
Have a great week!