We’ve all been there. Those moments when you’re frazzled, absolutely dead on your feet and basically dragging yourself to your door after a long hard day/week of work. I still remember how miserable my last set of exams at the undergrad level were, knowing that the end, and freedom was nigh, but still having to absolutely work my rear end off to achieve good grades.
I recall reminding myself throughout the exam week, about the incentives that waited afterward. Getting a degree, going back home etc were on top of the list.
An individual with a virtually bloodless face, wrought brain, and dark circles under his eyes, me is seen staggering to his bed, fully clothed and falls asleep immediately. Incredibly, the actual time spent sleeping is barely an hour, just in time for me to catch lunch and curl up with a book (Jeffrey Archer’s The Eleventh Commandment), while waiting for my friends, who have exams in the afternoon to be done at last.
Our customary game of pool is on the agenda, with the conversation not straying away from frequent lambasting of certain professors for their insanely difficult questions, and their inexplicable grading systems. They are soon forgotten, as we proceed to eat to our hearts’ content at a buffet – something I’ve been looking to all week! In fact dragging myself out of the restaurant may have been harder. That’s when one of my more health – conscious friends decides that we ought to burn some calories walking down the shore at our college’s private beach. So we meander away, without a care in the world, listening to a few recent chart toppers.
Sauntering back to our flats, (all the while shaking sand out of our pockets!) we embark upon a few games of poker…where my lazy self decides to go all in prematurely in almost every round – partly to end what increasingly looks like a lost cause. I’m no good at poker, you see. And finally, after brewing a mug of hot chocolate, I curl under the sheets, and watch Game of Thrones (yes, this was a while ago now) until my eyes can no longer remain open. All is well.
Until next time, that is.