Inspired by a poem called You Could Build a World This Way, I decided on giving you, my gentle reader, a syllabus for this season of my life. The title of the class I’d be teaching is The Liminal. How do we understand moments that are, in a grand context, spaces between what we once … Continue reading A syllabus for this season of life
The paradox of rest in American culture
Currently it’s July and it feels like the offseason of my life. I don’t feel the heavy burden of stress and a million things to do like I do during the school year. It’s the perfect time to lounge outside while finishing a good book (That Sounds Fun by Annie F. Downs).
In my first year of college, I used to be really bad at this. Cultivating boundaries. Relaxing when I needed to. Doing work when I was supposed to. Having time to eat and take walks and chat with friends and study. We are all really bad at this. Cultivating boundaries. When was the last time you didn’t feel guilty for sitting on the couch? For watching TV without the looming fear of your work week? When was the last time you didn’t dread Sunday? You didn’t frantically check your email to get ahead? You didn’t wish your weekend was longer?