Tomorrow I will do my first public reading of my critical work. I'm actually not that nervous; teaching has cured me of stage fright. However, I do want to say all the words correctly and give some emphasis to my argument. I want people to be interested more than anything, and these critical essays are real hit or miss. Last year I was able to understand a few of them, but others were a little too obtuse without having the paper right in front of you to follow along.
Today, I really faced the reality that as much I sometimes feel stressed and overwhelmed by my responsibilities, there are people out there that are way harder on themselves and are even more stressed than I am. After a few conversations with some of my classmates, I'm starting to feel like I'm one of the more relaxed people here. Bizarre.
But I mostly can thank Robin and Michelle for that. They have been my salvation during these past 5 weeks, and I am very fortunate to have met such wonderful women. Only a week left, but I will try to make the most of it.