Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Storms, Lilacs and Transitions

There's something hanging in the air, and it's not just the scent of lilacs wafting through the courtyard or the feel of rain waiting to pour.

It's the impending feeling of Change. Life chugs along normally as I sit in classes and prep for them, head out for coffee and attend regular meetings. Yet despite this normalcy, the underlying current of knowing that all of this will essentially be over in two weeks hovers relentlessly. Conversations stray toward trying to figure out whether we are excited or disappointed about moving on, and I think I find myself with a mix of both. I have spent much of my life living in and planning for the future, and this period is no exception as I read the Lonely Planet guides to Iceland and the UK and spend hours checking out Boston apartments.

At the same time, I am keenly aware that this phase of life is a huge gift. I am focused on learning and am surrounded by amazing people. The weather couldn't be more amazing (despite the two tornado warnings we've had in the last few weeks - okay, i guess the weather could be more amazing) and the spring flora in Cville is beautiful. And so I find myself challenged not to stress over the logistics of moving or start focusing too much on the walk score of various Boston apartments. Instead it's time to forget about how limited my remaining time is here and just relax and enjoy it. It's been a crazy ride over the last year and a half, and now it's time to enjoy it!

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