Hello and welcome to this weekly forum where we talk about whatever you want, but with a prompt in case you’re shy.
This week, I just finished my first Monday-Friday week of school and man, am I tired. Even though I’m only in class on Tuesday and Wednesday, something about knowing there were classes everyday this week made me feel more tired. I. Am. Beat.
But we are NOT here to talk about being tired, because one of my Daily Shine texts was like “don’t focus on what makes you stressed” and I was like “okay….?” But I’m giving it a try. What we are here to talk about is this:
Any of my 90s babies remember this commercial??? From kindergarten through my first year of grad school I was 100% giving off that dad energy. My back to school shopping energy is a little more subdued now, but I still go overboard. I have literally stopped using notebooks (iPad life) and I still buy at least three new ones each school year! I love VERY specific pens and buy them in bulk. I also love planners. Yes, very on brand for an Autostraddle writer and a Virgo rising, I know. But y’all I have no less than 3 planners at once. Why? Why not!
When I was young, I think I loved new school supplies because everything felt new at the start of a school year. The air was colder, the natural life around me was changing, and I felt like I got to become whoever I wanted to be at the start of every school year. Now, it feels a bit more hedonistic, a bit more “it’s still 98º everyday, the world is ending, I can’t believe I’m expected to write a dissertation, the least I can do is buy a new supplies.” It be like that sometimes, as the kids say.
So, what are your impulse buys when there’s a new school year/start of something new? What hedonistic pursuits make you feel alive in ways you sometimes think you maybe forgot to do as an adult?
Alternatively: tell me about your week, your puppies and kitties, your housing co-op, your new hobbies, that radio show you love, or literally anything else that you want. I want to hear from you! Also, I think you’re great/hope you feel loved/love your cool sense of style. Okay let’s go! Happy weekend!
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