The Dregs of Summer: 7 Pieces of Sun-Spackled Wisdom

I’ve learned a lot this summer. I really have. Most of it isn’t profound or literary or anything like that. Most of it is, in fact, what most people would consider common sense. Or street smarts. Or something. Now, summer’s ending and I’m moving back into my more intellectual habits, allowing myself to think lofty thoughts and be vaguely pretentious. Fine, maybe “vaguely” isn’t the right adjective. Anyway, I thought I’d share some of my summer-time “wisdom” here, in list form:

1. Productivity is inversely related to one’s free time. More specifically, the more free time I have, the less productive I will be.

2. A to-do list is only as good as one’s motivation, energy reserve, and guilt-levels. Basically, if there is ice-cream in the freezer and a full pot of coffee, I’m not going running. Unless one of my friends talks about working out or I’ve gone too long without flailing myself down the running trail.

3. All of those things writers say about getting a gazillion rejections before getting their first acceptance? Totally true. Maybe it’s only half-a-gazillion rejections until the next acceptance? A girl can hope.

4. DRIVING ON HILLS IS STRANGELY FUN AND ADDICTIVE. Growing up in one of the flattest places on earth, with arrow straight roads that stretch to the horizon, I was afraid of driving on hills and winding roads. NOW I KNOW WHAT I’VE BEEN MISSING!

5. Moving is at once much more exciting and much more stressful as an adult. Ditto for road trips.

6. Cats on leashes should be a meme or something. (The pictured cat eerily resembles my cat but is not, in fact, my cat). More to the wisdom-y point, if one wants to hone one’s reverse psychology skills, the easiest way is putting one’s cat on a leash. Whichever way one walks, the cat will choose the opposite direction. Or lay down as if exasperated by the stupidity that is its human.

7. I much prefer the unstructured chaos that is my flexible teaching schedule to the 9-5 deathtrap of “normal” jobs. I probably do more work, and I definitely have to bring my work home, allowing it to spill into most areas of my life. But, I get to work in comfort, spend time with the people in my life, and take time to tend to my introverted need for solitude.


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