I have been feeling a little down of late. Nothing, in particular, has happened. Life is pretty good at the present moment, all in all. And yet, I’ve been feeling a bit low. This happens to all of us — this I know for sure. I think some of it has to do with starting the semester, being pulled in a million directions simultaneously, and the sometimes solitary nature of the faculty life. I’m a strong extrovert and derive my energy from being with other people. Thus, my academic position can leave me feeling a bit lonely as many of my work activities (writing, writing, writing) are solitary ones. Thankfully, a good ol’ fashioned dose of girlfriend-time, and re-focusing, came right when I most needed it.
My small group of kindreds here in Lincoln got together for a post-holiday “holiday gathering” last week. Our schedules were filled to the brim in December, so we postponed our get-together until the hustle and bustle quieted down. Rest assured, we didn’t have the quietest of nights! We had some yummy cocktails, exchanged small gifts, and caught up on everything. I brought along my Instax to play and capture our time together. That little marshmallow-looking camera is so much fun, ejecting business card-sized instant photos. Since the film isn’t too pricey, we kept shooting group self-portraits one after another until we got it “right.” Or as “right” as we could manage.
How are you feeling these days? What do you do or need to shake off the blahs?
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