I’ve been remiss in posting here lately, mostly because I’ve been so busy. Let’s recap. Since I decided to drop out of med school, I have:
- Traveled to Boston (once), New York (twice), and Washington (six times!)
- Attended two journalism conferences (in New York and Philadelphia)
- celebrated my rolloversary (May 24)
- consumed falafel in New York, Mexican food in Cambridge, and pho in DC. Slept in Somerville, Greenwich Village, Van Ness, Friendship Heights and in my apartment in Philadelphia.
- moved to Washington DC
- hosted several stoop chats in Philadelphia
- written about 10 articles for National Geographic, my current place of employment
- visited the Tidal Basin in DC, the public gardens in Boston, and Williamsburg in Brooklyn (it was my first time in Brooklyn)
- crashed with many friends from college
- won a “hair makeover” essay contest that’s taking place next Friday in Philadelphia.
- definitively decided that I shouldn’t go to medical school ever again (this was something I contemplated for the better part of a decade, so it’s good to know.)
This summer, my plans are to bike around Washington, enjoy living in the present, cook healthily, read 10 books and write something that’s bigger than a tweet and smaller than a Robert Caro tomb.
Not everything is super, but life seems to be chugging along on an upward path. I was so unhappy in school and it just wasn’t getting any better — and I couldn’t see a way out of that unhappiness. It wasn’t the workload — that was tough, but manageable. It was the fact that I really couldn’t see myself doing what I was doing — and being happy.
In many ways, I wish I had never left my gig at Fresh Air. I regret that decision. But wallowing in regret is not healthy nor does it help in any way. And this summer is a chance to try a new publication (National Geographic) and a new city (Washington DC) and really just enjoy life.
So far, so good.
I just finished watching the entire new season of Arrested Development. I need to rewatch it, but here are some of the clever things I noticed. (Enjoy, Internet/Buzzfeed.):