I'm ready to declare it: This is the Summer of Mark*.
I'll relax more. I'll see more movies. I'll exercise more. I'll read more. I'll travel more. I'll be more selfish than I usually am. Mostly, I'll stop making so many commitments. I need to hold onto my time a lot tighter this summer than I usually do, because time robbers have been on the prowl after me this year.
Thankfully, I have not filled my summer with much yet. I've just been given word that I'm set to work Summer Bridge starting on August 2, which means that my summer is just shy of six weeks long. For one of those weeks, I'll be taking a Towson MAT class from 9-4 all day. For another of those weeks, I'll be back in Michigan. My sister is visitng for a few days. But for the rest of the time, I'll just be chilling, for the most part. Of course I'll be waiting tables for some spending money - I have just about enough money saved for the essentials - but the 20-30 hours a week there will barely be a dent into my time compared to what I usually work. This summer is for me - to read Crime and Punishment, to take day trips to cool cities, to watch lots of movies, to start a running program, to play softball, and to do whatever else it is I want to do.
Therefore, the Summer of Mark* is now declared. After all, a guy doesn't turn 30 too many summers of his life.
* By the way, the name "Mark" was just randomly chosen for this entry. After all, we're anonymous here.
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