Summer – every student’s dream time. The time of the year when lectures, exams, work, blah, blah, blah takes a dive of the to do list. Two months of chilling, relaxing, reading, swimming, going to the beach…basically chillaxing.
I was all set for two months of complete freedom, total bliss. School life never gave me enough time during vacations, or so I felt, to just kick back and enjoy. Overburdened with reports and projects, I was always running high on stress during vacations and trying to get everything done. But this time I was determined to enjoy. No work, all play. Uni year was done, I got my grades….I was all geared for fun and sun!
After a grueling two weeks of summer school, I flew home. I spent the first week sleeping off the stress and the jet lag and the next week glued to my computer and the telly. Then, the telly started getting boring, I got tired of sleeping, and there are only so many books you can read and the sun was too hot to even think of venturing out! They days were monotonous – eating, sleeping, going shopping. There was not much to do and I was bored. So, I started thinking….
I was waiting for holidays. I wanted to enjoy to the maximum. But when the time was upon me, I was bored. Bored of sitting doing nothing. How was it, I wondered, that when I had so much time, I did not want to spend it doing things I craved to so when I was busy? Watching television or reading a book in the middle of exams is a bad idea, but we do it. Why not do the same when we are free?
I realized that half the fun of having free time was when those few precious minutes are snatched from a demanding, busy schedule. When you know that you shouldn’t be wasting time, but you do it anyway because you don’t want to go back to your hectic life. A few minutes of respite that keeps you going through the day.
Having just free time is downright boring. Perhaps free time is just to unwind in the middle of a crazy life and do something that helps keeps us sane. The joy and satisfaction I get from watching those few minutes of television during revision time is far more than spending an entire day sitting in front of the telly. Oh but all the good shows, totally get aired during the exam time!
Now the summer months stretch in front of me and I am brainstorming ideas on how to spend them. I am too lazy to get a job and plus, I can’t get one here. So the next option – travelling!
A month to explore the exotic delights hidden in India, the culinary expeditions, travelling the dusty lanes, exploring different places. I am off, in search of a new experience, or maybe just revisiting places I have already seen, to remind myself why vacations are THE BEST DAYS EVER!!!