However, I am missing my family. Since it’s the Super Bowl and the Colts are in it, we had planned to eat hot dogs and nachos and watch the game together. As it is, I’ll be in the introductory session of this institute (starting very soon) and I’ll probably be thinking about them the whole time. I don’t usually miss my family when I’m on trips. Usually, I’m ready for a break in routine, and it’s a much-needed respite from the day-to-day life stresses. But not this time. This time, I could have easily stayed home and done the usual things. At the same time, I’ve made the decision that it’s important for me to be here and that this whole experience could contribute to my future plans. I think maybe this tension is adding to my apprehension about this whole experience. I’m not used to feeling the tug of family quite so much.
On a completely different note, there’s a very nice hiking path right out my window. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring any shoes remotely appropriate for trekking out there. I’m tempted to go buy some tennis shoes sometime tomorrow just so I can get out and see what’s up there. It looks perfectly lovely.