Behind the Scenes: A Week in the Life

by Emily Kent

inspired by the Goat Rodeo Allstars

Wednesday:
Rise and shine. Gym time it is, 6 AM edition. Legs today.
Work, work, work and class,
Class and work, class, class,
All the while, brain swimming in the stew of Tartarus,
“It’s okay to tell them you’re being stretched thin,”
All consuming, all encompassing, ending in a troubled and heavy sleep.

Thursday
Sleeping in is the right idea. 7 AM was nice.
Energy is finally back, sleep finally happened, and ideas are finally flowing.
Work, Work, Homework,
Class, Homework, Class, Homework,
“Would you have time to spare…” (Teams) to “I have to send it by 1 PM” (Text)
Got to see a friend today. Got to share my day today, lightening the burden.

Friday
Rise and shine. Gym time it is, 6 AM edition. Arms today. 
Work, work, work,
Class, class, comfort a friend,
“That sounds like a lot,”
Shaking a fist at the sky in frustration,
Purposeful stability, balanced with the opportunity for growth, seems just outside of my grasp.

Saturday:
Rise and shine. Gym time it is, 8 AM edition. Legs today.
Grocery shop, meet the PhD students, “maybe now you’ll have time to rearrange your priorities”,
deflated, defeated, definitely don’t have time for that shit,
Demo lesson is next.
Excitement. Inspiration. Caught in the creation of something real, something important.
“Have you eaten today?”
“What time is it?”

Sunday:
Rise and shine, lay in bed today. Gym time it is, 10 AM edition. Cardio and abs today.
Hibachi, homework, hurry to get ready.
Got to see my friends today. Got to run outdoors today. Got to breathe today.
Got to visit a bookstore today, “a book a day for every month I was away”. Got to breathe today.
Got to eat sushi at my favorite place today. Got to be present today. Got to breathe today. 
Homework, sleep, do it all again.

Monday:
Rise and shine. Gym time it is, 6 AM edition. Arms today. 
Work, homework, work,
Homework, class, class,
Demo lesson due today. Demo lesson due today. Demo lesson due today.
“I have to do this justice”,
STOP. Sleep.

Tuesday:
Rise and shine. Gym time it is, 6 AM edition. Legs today. 
Work, class, workshop,
Class, planning, class,
Hhoommeework, a character for each hour I made it to,
“What time is it?”

Wednesday
Sleeping in is the right idea. 7 AM was nice.
Work, work, homework,
class, class, class,
Confusing the days, failing to remain awake, recognizing a new level of exhaustion,
“I may need more rest”
STOP. Sleep. Rinse. Repeat.
Another week in the life.

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Written by tbawproject

We are an affiliate with the National Writing Project and a partner with the University of South Florida. Please address correspondence to co-directors, Dr. Michael B. Sherry, mbsherry@usf.edu, and Mari Aviles, aviles2375@gmail.com

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