As far as I can tell so far, the best part about getting my master’s degree is in this initial time when I still have a very clear image of four and a half hour evenings of sitting in class, the constant weight of homework sitting on my shoulders, and the anxiety of balancing time between work, school, family and life! It’s the best part because I clearly remember all of those things, yet, I don’t have them anymore!
It’s wonderfully weird!
It’s wonderfully weird to sit in the back yard, warmed by the sun. I get to look into my son’s cheerful eyes and just enjoy… him! I am soaking up every minute. It’s fantastic to bring those thoughts into the present. I love to think for just a few seconds about all of the things I would have been doing or worrying about and then think, “yep, but I’m done now!”
I can’t get over it!
I want to enjoy it as much as I can during these moments because I know that soon I will forget what it was like. I’ll forget scheduling time with friends around class and how a good portion of my weekends were filled with homework or at least the constant thought of the assignments that were due.
So, for now, I will enjoy the summer with my family!
I won’t lie…we still have home improvement projects (like the new shed!) and the daily routines of maintaining a home and a family to keep us busy. And, I also do not want to discourage anyone from pursuing their master’s degree. I think it was worth the time and energy that we put into it. I hope that it will further our careers and our futures. However, right now, in this moment, I want to be present with my family and enjoy time with them.
It’s fabulous and I love it!