Hello. I’m an American and I was going to do a lot of things this summer.
I was going to finish one last edit of my memoir.
I was going to make sure my entire novel was outlined.
I was going to pitch additional inflight magazines after finally breaking into one.
I was going to keep up with this blog.
I was going to work full time as a copywriter.
I was going to keep up with my magazine column.
I was going to tell everyone that asked how busy I was.
But the only thing I accomplished on this list over the summer were the last three.
As an American, I feel like a slacker. And I hate this “if I’m not busy then I’m not worthy” thing that still haunts me, even five years after being abroad. So I’m trying to embrace my European status instead. Key word, trying.
A European would feel fine about my accomplishments this summer. After all, many small stores and restaurants in Switzerland close completely in July and August. I think as creative people (and especially as Americans), we can learn from this. So I’m trying not to be too hard on myself for not accomplishing everything I wanted. After all, it is summer. I am in Europe. And with the little free time I have, the pool is calling my name.
Anyone else trying to embrace their European side this summer?