Since I was 11, I wished that my life would be like a Jane Austen novel. Well, I’m now twenty-two, and if Jane Austen really were writing my life story, I’d flip her the bird right about now.
Excited to go away? Excited to see your friends and family back home? After the first two weeks of fun, here’s what your winter break will actually look like.
You never know when you’ll have to rely on the kindness of strangers, or when you will be a stranger whose kindness is needed. I don’t know that karma works as efficiently and effectively as we might all like to believe, but I do think the more kindness is put out into the world, the better.
1. Get up early. Even earlier than you’re used to. Walk through the dark to your first cup of coffee. Put your phone in your pocket and keep in there.
“You dropped that munchkin, could you bend over and pick it up?” would come in. He was stout, middle-aged, fake-tanned, tattooed, and wore sunglasses.