Too often, we find ourselves trapped in the mindset of “have to.” I have to go to work. I have to study. I have to go see the new patient in room 6. I have to make time to workout. I have to meet up with my friend for dinner.
I know I am not alone in this.
We, professional students, get caught in the whirlwind of our responsibilities and our interests. To-do lists that stretch far too long down the page serve as our lifesource. We are unfailingly hardworking. We schedule naps. We schedule social time. We fail to be spontaneous.
Change is good, they say. It’s hard to know in the moment whether a change is going to bring wonder and adventure or irrevocable regret. Here marks the beginning of what I think will be a glorious adventure.
Over the weekend, I moved to New Orleans. I stepped foot into the three bedroom I am leasing with my two roommates. New Orleans is very different from my hometown and extremely different from Princeton, New Jersey. It’s a noisy, musical town. Proof: last night when I tried to sleep, I heard a trumpet rendition of “Happy Birthday.” It was beautiful and…loud. This move means that I have to get used to driving again. This move means utilities and a landlord and grocery shopping. I’m in the process of setting up WiFi in the apartment; and so, I am currently camped out in Starbucks. I don’t tend to study outside of my room, so this is actually quite the change. This move means that I need to perfect parallel parking. Let’s just say that my parking is a bit rusty. This move also means that I’m in a culinary wonderland.
First meal in NOLA with my family! Absolutely wonderful meal at Houston’s. This is the wonderful Creole Barbecue Shrimp. I definitely recommend.