That’s right, dear readers: I’m taking the weekend off! Yes, I am thrilled to report that I have taken myself on an incredibly-mini-holiday-weekend to Montreal. I know – it’s not a big deal, right? Montreal is a mere 2.5-ish hours away from Kingston, and I’ve been here loads of times. But I have to admit, sitting here in a stylish Montreal bar (having just lingered over a most-delicious cafe-au-lait served to me in a perfect little cup on a sliver platter) I feel like I’m already getting my emotional strength back.
I know, I know – it’s a busy time of year for all of us. The end of term is in-sight, and with it, the immanent onslaught of term-papers. It might not seem like THE most appropriate time for a get-away. But that, I’d like to argue, is exactly why this is the perfect time for a break. You see, as tempting as it is to believe that stressing out about everything is the answer, I’d like to disagree. After all, you’ve heard the expression “a change is as good as a rest”, right?
For me, putting myself in a different space — even if it means just working out of a new-and-exotic coffee shop with different people to watch and different bookstores to linger in afterwards — is a highly effective way to recharge the ol’ batteries. I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve been in a little rut for the last couple of weeks. The routines (class, assignments, trips to the gym, trips to the grocery store) of my life were getting me down. So, rather than pushing myself through the monotony it hopes of vast improvement on the other side, I figured I’d escape it altogether.
So, here I am. I’ve got a backpack full of books (yes, I’m here with the best academic intentions) but I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t get to them because the weekend pulls me in another direction. Sure- being a graduate student is hard-work, but it’s also about having time to think and read and dream — and sometimes the only way to really do that is to get yourself out of your rut — whatever it takes. That’s why this weekend is all about me and Montreal…