In college I was a very spontaneous person. My friends could reliably call me at 1am on a Tuesday evening, wake me from a deep slumber, and convince me to meet them for a game of night wiffleball. I would rarely be able to answer the question “What are you doing on Friday night?” before lunchtime on Friday.
Now that I am a working stiff, my friends can reliably know that I will not pick up my phone after 11pm on a work night and will also likely leave early to get a good night sleep. I now have weekly scheduled activities 4 nights a week and often have to schedule events and parties weeks in advance.
Monday is movie night (Stay tuned for movie reviews to come)
Tuesday is softball (Give me a call if you have any tips on hitting a ball that moves less than 10mph)
Thursday is house group
Saturday morning is marathon training
Sunday is filled with church events
I absolutely love all of these activities, but miss the natural way that these activities came about in my college life. Instead of knowing, Monday is movie night, I would be with a group of friends that decided they were in the mood to watch a movie. Perhaps this is just the benefit of having so much time on my hands, being able to stay up until 2am and not really worrying if I didn’t get my work done.
Is this just the reality of life after college? In the past 6 months, I have literally had to schedule time to spend alone. Does anyone else find it bizarre to have to schedule a date with your self? How do we keep track of a slow, peaceful lifestyle in the midst of our American culture? And how do we hold on to free moments that aren’t regimented out like daily vitamins?