Friday, May 27, 2011

Slackers, spontaneity, and responsibility

I had one of those "I wish I were still in school" moments this morning. I have had surprisingly few of those moments since I graduated, and the "moment" I had this morning had nothing to do with sitting in a classroom and enjoying an intense literary discussion.

No, the thing I missed most about school this morning was the freedom I had to skip class whenever I chose. Possibly because we have a three-day weekend coming up, every day this week has felt like at least two, and I'm not sure what is keeping me going. Maybe the Snickers bar I just consumed. Back when I was in school, I would have solved this dilemma by eliminating the problem--taking a day off from school for no reason other than that was what I felt like doing at the moment.

Granted, I do have a more flexible job than most career goers out there, but it's not that flexible. Skipping an entire day's work, even if it's for no legitimate reason, takes a lot more planning, which tends to ruin the spontaneity of being a slacker.

That's one of the bummers of entering adulthood, I've found. Despite all the wonderful freedoms and opportunities offered to you, you are more restricted by the responsibilities that come with those new benefits.

However, I think Fridays will allow us some leniency. Seeing as it's 1:00 and eerily empty and quiet around here (and I have a feeling a lot of people will not be returning from their lunch breaks), I think I'll have many opportunities to sink back into my slacker mode every now and then.


  1. I love it when I see my own inner complaints in print. It makes me feel validated. I have noticed the same things. Sometimes being an adult is more painful than advertised :p

  2. Hey - don't forget about those of us who chose to be in school forever. Even when I'm "in school", I can't just "take a day off". You should be grateful that when you DO take a day off, you take it completely off. :) I, on the other hand, have to write sub plans, making it much less worth it. But I'm not complaining too much at the moment...

  3. Says the person who gets a 3-month vacation every year . . . :)