I am in the camp of people that thinks naps are one of the best things ever invented. I love the feeling of afternoon sun on my face, the quiet that is the late afternoon, and the bliss of laying down, taking a screen break, and waking up less tired and achy.
I find it absurdly difficult sometimes to know what I actually want or need.
It can be really simple—like what I want to cook and eat for dinner. Sometimes it’s a bigger decision, such as do I want to go on that almost free trip to Miami with my significant other, who is going for conference? Or is it too much hassle or expense for just a couple of days?
One of the last things I need to do before I leave my PhD program is my comprehensive exams. Doing this will ensure I can leave with my MA. After completing six semesters, I want to come away with my MA, even if I will not be getting my PhD like I originally planned.
In college, I wanted to start a website to help others with scoliosis (who needed braces and/or surgery), to learn from my experiences. I imagined a kind of group therapy and advice coffee klatch for those with scoliosis.
I remember the first time I went a sleepover and saw my friend read in bed before we went to sleep. We were eight or nine and I hadn’t read before bed since my mom stopped reading aloud to me and my brother when we entered elementary school.
The overhead light turned out and my friend’s mom said goodnight and closed the door. My friend pulled out her book and turned on a flashlight.
I remember having my own internal lightbulb turn on.
“Brilliant! Why hadn’t I thought of that?”