Fall semester will be here in no time at all. I remember what it was like to be a student: weekends not my own, always more work to do, my terrible proclivity to procrastinate...I
am determined to excel in this MFA program, or at least to give it all I’ve got. I’m ready to do that – happy to, in fact, but freely relinquishing my “free time” has me in a tizzy to pack as many good times into this summer as possible. I know, making it a goal sort of sucks out the leisure and relaxation of the endeavor, but a friend told me, “you know stress will come sooner or later, so it’s important to be deliberate about your free, happy times, so you can look back [retreat] on them during the crazy times.” Already, a few weeks ago, we up and went to St. Louis. Chicago is next on the docket and probably Omaha after that. In between, there are home updates and repairs, scholarship searches and of course my actual job. Can one be overwhelmed by the good and positive things on the horizon? That’s called eustress, right?