It’s now been a week since I have settled back into life at home and my new challenge of finding a job. It is the strangest feeling not knowing what I’m doing next. I haven’t been unemployed since I was 16, and I’ve always had university to go back to at the end of the long summers. Now all I seem to have is a lot of unknowns and time to fill! To stop myself going too crazy when I don’t have applications to write I’ve made a list of things I want to do this summer:
1) Finish crocheting my blanket
2) Go running more
3) Learn to do more things with my hair
4) Practise my German
5) Find a job!!!
Trying to put myself in a positive frame of mind, I’ve decided not to think of this as the ‘Summer of Unemployment’ but the ‘Summer of Possibilities’. There are so many paths to choose from and things I still want to learn that I’m determined to make the most of the free(ish) time I have!
That said I’ve spent most of the last few weeks with my head in a book. I’m calling it a little mini-break after the stress of moving out of a flat. I’ve also been infected with an unshakable wanderlust. All I want to do is go explore, not even necessarily abroad, I’m constantly catching myself absent-mindedly planning daytrips to London and a number of random local places I’ve never shown an interest in before. I never realised I was this incapable of staying at home for long periods of time!
One of my favourite things about being home is my room. After 4 years of beige student housing it is lovely to be back in my sunshine yellow happy place. Looking around I’ve realised what a random selection of belongings I have. Despite living in the box room I still manage to cram in an inordinate amount of knick-knacks and magazines, although it’s becoming harder as the years go on.
The plan for next week is to try and follow the ‘unemployment timetable’ I’ve made myself, including all the things on my list as well as job applications (yes, I am that much of an organisational freak). As much as I am loving the warm weather I would appreciate it cooling down a bit, it’s making me sleepy!