In the style of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text — an awesome podcast y’all should go out and listen to — I present a blessing for the new semester.
May your computer work. May your software not be glitchy. May the plotters smile upon you and be cooperative.
May you have time for breaks, for rest, for meandering, for loitering, to pause, to wander, to get lost, to try things out.
May you be rewarded for your effort as much as your execution.
May you enjoy these moments. May you think I get to about this endless work on occasion in place of I have to.
May you remember why you wanted to do this.
May you lean into the discomfort of not knowing how to do it, of being a beginner, of learning. May I replace hesitation and research with diving in.
May you enjoy this time in this place with these people for there will be so little of it. As the song goes the years have seemed short by the days go slowly by.
May you remember this feeling of possibility and excitement at the midterm review when you mostly just want to sleep.
May it be a good semester, a good year.
I pause to welcome a new beginning and reconnect with how I felt upon arriving at SALA a year ago.