Spring Break is that amazing time when Cancun, Florida, and the Southern Hemisphere are saturated with sunburnt college students exercising their freedom and getting sloshed at all hours of the day. The sand and bar floors are covered in spilt drinks and some Chainsmoker song is bouncing off the walls, and no one cares. The days are filled with photos, friends, and screams. During spring break you start your day off at 3 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. just to do it all over again. This is not my spring break experience. Except for maybe that last point about the ruined circadian rhythm.
The most "spring breaky" thing about my break has been waking up at 2 p.m., listening to "Starships" and the Spotify Spring Break playlist as I work, and indulging in the occasional solo cup concoction my friends and I have prepared. However, not even these activities can lighten up the fact that for the past 3 days New York state has been in a state of emergency because of a blizzard. Yesterday, the snow was up to our knees.
Going back to what I've done so far, not even a good state of mind can change these other facts: I had to cancel Netflix account because my bank account got too low and my parents said I had to make cuts, I've had to wash the same solo cups for a few days now because my house has no cups and they are the size of a baby chihuahua, I have been wearing the same grey sweatpants and cherry colored sweater for the past week (no reason to wear anything else you know), and instead of cooking I've spent my money on bland Chinese delivery and fattening pizza. If this isn't bad enough, yesterday we tried making margaritas and it turns out I didn't have enough ice in the freezer. I begrudgingly sipped on a sour and smoothie like concoction that I don't even remember if I finished or not.
If you imagine the snow as sand, the buildings as waves, and the wind as sunshine, than damn this is paradise! Watching my friends' social media trails hasn't helped me overcome my slump, but I can't be bitter at them. I have no reason to be.
So we already discussed the snow, the lack of social interactions I've had, let's talk about what else details my spring break. I got rejected from two internships, and haven't heard back from 3 that I really desire. So that's...fun. I've slipped on black ice 3 times, twice until an hour ago. And of course, my parent's called me to remind me that I need to get my life together even though I'm 3000 miles away from sunny L.A. trying to make something of myself.
Well, I guess it isn't all bad. Yesterday several of us gathered at my house to invent a game. It involves running up and down my house completing mini tasks collecting diamonds sticky notes, the winners are congratulated with a lemon soda with a splash of something fun in them. The game is called "Diamond Dash" and if you know anyone at Hasbro please connect me to them.
That was the most stimulating thing I've done this break. My routine consists of waking up at 2 p.m. (like many of my belligerent peers) reading a chapter from How to Murder Your Life, and then coming downstairs to slap potstickers into the microwave before I do some work. I had so many goals for this break, I was going to grow my faculties in Adobe Photo shop, Premier Pro, I would try writing a short story, I'd call my grandma. But I haven't done any of these. Why? I don't know.
Why am I writing this? I don't know. Officials and any grown up I meet says my generation is the laziest there is, and I don't disagree. I hardly see anyone read anymore. Sure some people get their news off their smartphone, but how long is it before their attention span runs out and they simply share the article to seem educated. Am I writing this post for someone my age? I don't know. I don't know if any of friends will get past the first few lines, and I'm not belittling them, I just know that there's so much going on people in my sphere are probably sunbathing or choosing the filter that makes them look the most tan. That's another thing, it's funny how many people want to be tanned yet for those of us rich in melanin we're asked to look more like wonder bread. That's funny.
I think the purpose of this post is that I just had a lot on my mind. The lack of activity makes my mind go into overdrive. Is anyone else like that? If you are having an amazing spring break and you read this, then give yourself the biggest high five ever because I appreciate you!
Author William Samayoa
Marketer by profession and storyteller by passion. L.A. raised, proud Latino, and pop culture enthusiast.