Once again, gotta write the weekend blogs on a Sunday night.
Day 39 was very stress free and awesome! I woke up early to volunteer at a soup kitchen called the Mary Brennen Inn. It was such a great atmosphere there, and once again I realize how lucky I am after working with people less fortunate than I.
I helped out in their food pantry, which was basically a small room with shelves full of canned goods, snacks, cereal, soups–a mini grocery, if you will. Each person receives one plastic bag to go “shopping” in and they can take certain amounts of food from each shelf and fill up their bags. It was difficult to limit them because they would shamelessly beg for one more can of Spam or Tuna and I couldn’t help but feel bad that I had to say no.
That was the only part that I would say was stressful. A few people would come in and they would all be standing in front of one shelf fighting for the same thing and trying to take more than they were allowed. It was hard to pay attention to all of them and watch how many they were each taking, but I got better at that as time went on. That specific stressor was easy to handle.
I also helped hand out the hot meals–we served 300 people that day! That was a high head count from what I inferred from The Inn’s regular volunteers. Then, we spent some time restocking the pantry because it would reopen at 2 pm. And finally, we cleaned the cafeteria area.
Seeing families who depend completely on The Inn for their meals, clothes, bathroom facilities, etc. was another eye opening experience. I just couldn’t imagine what it would be like.
That night I somehow got free tickets from a girl I sit next to in one of my classes to see Carrie Underwood. It was a great, stress-free night! And it was a pleasant surprise to find that Hunter Hayes was the opening act. I’ve been listening to him for well over a year now and it was nice to see him on a such a big tour.
PS – How cool is this hot air balloon contraption that Carrie Underwood had during her set?! Amazing.
Day 40! I refuse to believe I actually kept up with this series for that many days. I impress myself sometimes.
I went to bed at 11:59 on Friday night, and SLEPT IN for the first time in God knows how long. Not setting an alarm is probably one of my favorite feelings. I forgot what that was like until this weekend.
The only stressful part of my day was scheduling my time. I wanted to go to my friend’s dance show at 2 and another friend’s concert at 4, but I also had to pick up my old roommate from the train station because she was coming to visit for the night. I ended up picking up another friend at 1 from C.W. Post after she took her LSATs, going out to lunch, doing some homework, and then heading to the train station.
After that, there was much less stress and much more alcohol involved. We had such a fun reunion!
Today was also relaxed, which I am grateful for.
We woke up and had breakfast. I just got excited to have breakfast tomorrow after writing that sentence… Is it 10 am yet?!
I went to the matinee show of the dance concert and it was very impressive! I liked this semester’s production better than last. For some reason, the spring show had a ton of creepy songs that I didn’t enjoy. This one was much more enjoyable.
The most stressful part of this day was actually when my building had a fire drill and I had to be outside for ten minutes. When I complain about little things like that, I know that I deserve a slap in the face. Some people have stressors that are worlds bigger than having a fire drill on a Sunday evening…
One of the ways that I’ve decided to deal with stress is, plainly and simply, to recognize that whatever it is, it’s not that big of a deal. At least most of the time. If I’m two minutes late to something, it will be okay. If I miss a homework assignment, my life is still the same.
I just want to be more conscious of the stresses that are happening by knowing that so many more people out there face life-or-death situations and stresses every single day, while I complain about not having enough time to go to dance shows and concerts.
It’s helpful if we can see situations according to how much impact it will make in our lives. It would make sense to stress about certain things, but not all.