Well, it’s just three more sleeps before I will start my first class at the seminary. I’m not really feeling that fearful anticipation that I remember from the 15 or so other times that I was at this place in my life. It was quite a while ago.
Part of the reason that it is not such a big deal is that I am not stepping off of a cliff into something unknown or completely new. I am really just adding another commitment to the many that are already on my calendar. Juggling them all is really going to be the concern.
This coming week, I need to be at a major show 2 hours from home. Monday we need to set up and I should be able to get away in time to get to class by 7:00 followed by 1.25 hours home. Tuesday the show begins. I need to be on the road by 6:15. Ditto Wednesday (my 50th) and Thursday with teardown that night. Friday, I will need to clean up all the stuff neglected during the week. I hope they don’t give homework the first day.
A couple of Sundays ago we had a special commissioning/back to school service. During the service the Pastor asked all who were going back to school to stand. Not wanting to stand out, and not really seeing what I am doing as significant enough, I decided not to stand. One of the praise band members, seeing this, insisted that I needed to be on my feet too. Interestingly, both the teachers of the congregation and the council members were asked to stand as well. I fill both those roles as well.
Time will be the issue in the next months. New job responsibilities have kicked in this week. It was only a 4 day week but I used 3 tanks of gas (1700-1900km). My time on the phone was likely up 20% this week as well. I had 3 meetings and one presentation. I made 3 farm calls in 3 different counties.
Into this, I need to fit a 3 hour class and accompanying course work over the next 13 weeks.
Some people enjoy stress.