In a couple of weeks, I will start my journey as a graduate student as well as starting teaching. The couple of weeks before a semester begins are always the most chaotic, leaving one feeling with a sense of “How is everything going to get done?” Between student loans (or as I like to think of them, adding time to my debt sentence), homework (yes, even before classes officially start I have assignments due), lesson planning, and transitioning into a new living space, it’s overwhelming to begin to think about all that is on my To Do list.
Today was such an example. First, I had to call the cable company about my service. Next, I had to call Financial Aid about my Fall bill. After that, I had to complete Entrance Counseling for my graduate loans which not only took away time, but also optimism about my financial situation. To cap it all off, I had laundry I needed to do.
By the time I was finished with as much as I could do for today, the couch was beginning to look like my best friend. I sat down, and I realized I had two choices: to wallow in the “Why me?” of how much I have going on right now; or, to keep moving forward. Because when life gives us a challenge, or challenges, those are basically our two options: dwell on the negative; or, continue to go on, using an inner calm to put all that negative into perspective.
Whenever my worrying starts to creep into the Red Zone, I remind myself of the things that calm me down. I like to think of them as my anchors, the things that cause me to pause. Some are little, but hey, sometimes it’s the little things that can make the largest impact.
Reading a book
Closing my eyes and forcing myself to listen to what’s outside my windows
There are more (including more that involve chocolate). For now, I think I’ve regrouped enough to tackle another item on that To Do list for today.