What can I do for the next 5-6 weeks?
July 16, 2014 9:43 AM Subscribe
I chose not to go on vacation with my family (to their native country that I've been to before) to take summer classes instead. My summer session 2 class filled up and I got screwed out of a seat. Now, I'm stuck here (NYC) with nothing to do for the rest of the summer. Help me not lose my mind and fill this time up.
posted by DayTripper to Grab Bag (22 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm definitely feeling bitter that I opted out of going away for essentially no reason now. I am inclined to depression/anxiety, and the lack of routine that has just fallen into my lap is really stressing me out. I work part-time, usually Fri, Sat, Sun, but my job is very laid back/slow and is the type of place where I can study/read/etc on the job. It's ideal for a student, but right now I have no immediate responsibilities. So even that is pretty much equal to "down time." Additionally, I'm free Mon-Thurs, when the rest of the world is not. I'm on a reverse schedule from my friends, all of whom have grown-up jobs.
I don't want to wither away in bed, sleeping, eating, and watching Netflix. I know that I will do this if I am left to my own devices. I feel like I can use this time to my advantage and make it into something very therapeutic and/or productive, but I must plan it out accordingly b/c of the depression.
I also know that I will be very busy come fall, and I don't want to look back on this as time wasted. I've considered studying for my fall classes, but I haven't even finalized my schedule and I don't have the syllabi for anything yet.
The only things I can hazily come up with that I enjoy and can easily access are:
-yoga (but it only takes up a small portion of the day)
-going to the beach (alone--so I could be doing something there!, an hour away, but don't mind either of those things too much)
I also have this gnawing feeling that I'm being overindulgent and lazy/spoiled if I don't do something important. For example, I really like DIY stuff so I was thinking of painting some furniture that I haven't gotten around to. I've also been dying to take guitar lessons. But I can't bring myself to do these things without guilt.
There is a professional school entrance exam that I have to take in 6mo to 1yr, and I wonder if I should start studying for that? I don't even know where I'd start! I was planning on taking a prep course to guide my studies, but of course that's not til fall.
I thought about going on a trip. (Close? Far? Alone? Idk!) Maybe 3-4 days at some nature-y hiking place where I could do yoga and relax and meditate. But part of me feels like I should go somewhere more faraway and exotic, bc I'll never have this time again. I have a friend I've been meaning to visit in LA, and another in Chicago.
So basically, my problems are:
1) lack of daily routine
2) lack of concrete plans of any sort
I think part of the problem is that all of the things I've thought of doing have no time/schedule commitment. So I've spent a day and a half day dreaming and being overwhelmed by all the possibilities of what I could/should be doing.
Help me implement some sort of routine but also make use of this gift of time that has been given to me in a meaningful way!
(If you couldn't tell, I have ADHD as well, which is why this may seem disorganized. Sorry for that.)