Crossing the halfway point
August 7, 2013 § 7 Comments
Summer is seemingly flying by and I feel the need to remind myself that it is, in fact, only a few days past the halfway point. Somehow that makes it an easier pill to swallow. My last exam was on the 28th of June and since we spent the remaining days of June moving, I consider July 1st as the first day of my summer vacation. Since classes resume on the 9th of September, that left me with 70 days of summer to call my own.
In the last weeks of the semester, I kept myself sane by daydreaming about all the amazing things I was going to do over the summer. I had so many plans, so many tasks, that I was just itching to get started on. When that free-time finally rolled around, none of it went to any of those things I’d ached to do. Instead, I’ve spent countless free hours sleeping, watching movies and TV series on Netflix and playing CandyCrush (an annoyingly addicting iPad game that I am embarrassed to admit I’ve played).
On the other hand, I’ve done many other things I hadn’t planned, but am very grateful to have done. Since we are staying up in Bodø, we have had the opportunity to spend quality time with Skjalg’s family. It’s very hard for me to be so far away from my family and the pain of distance is less in the company of Skjalg’s. I feel so welcome and included and feel so lucky to share in this aspect of Skjalg’s life. There have been many brunches and lunches, teas and dinners, a cabin trip, a mountain climb, midnight fishing excursions, movie nights, picnics and heavy yard work – family style. It’s been an amazing summer, but as a new semester approaches, I find a sort of restlessness creeping in. We’ve heard that the first two years of med school are the most difficult and that, of those two, the second is the major challenge.
I spent an hour or so this afternoon tracking down the physiology website and downloading old lectures and notes. Then I caught myself. It’s so like me to do this. When I was in the middle of exam period, I couldn’t stop thinking about all the things I could do with free time. Now that I have the free time, I am stressing about exam periods. I need to exist now, to allow myself to take it easy and to do so without feeling guilty about it. For the past 5 days I have been bed-ridden with the flu and this is my first day where I am finally feeling functional again – there is no need to tire myself out right away! Plus, tomorrow is a big day – Jannie is coming to visit from Sweden! She will be arriving in the afternoon and we will be leaving for the cabin in Halsa in the evening. The weekend will be spent talking, fishing, cooking and exploring. There is a time for relaxing and there is a time for cramming. Now is time for the former!
Speaking of living in the moment, here is a picture of one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen in my life. Skjalg and I saw in while riding our bikes home after a movie. The colors were unreal! The picture doesn’t do it justice.