When Josh and Emy came to pick me up Friday afternoon, I literally felt as if I had been let out of prison. All the stress and pressure that I had been carrying around with me all week immediately evaporated the second I saw them. While I was traveling back Sunday evening, I could feel the pressure building and every muscle in my body tightening the closer we got to Kalamazoo.
Cue to this morning. I ran into that same teacher before my first class and he remarked that I seemed awfully bright and sunny for a Monday morning.
Surprisingly, I found myself agreeing that I was and joked that it was the leftover Mama Buzz I got from being with Emeline this weekend. That feeling has lasted all day. My O&M class this morning went great, I am finally getting used to that darn cane and had some "real-world" experiences today, where we traveled to a local hospital, walked around downtown, and practiced the proper technique of riding escalators. Some of the worries I've been holding onto are becoming less of an issue. I am figuring out the way things work around here, getting used to interacting with the other students, and feeling a lot less stressed. I've set more reasonable goals for myself and can actually see the progress I am making. I am sure that my anxiety will continue to lessen with every passing day. Perhaps I'll return to my normal high-strung self sooner than I thought.