Many students, including myself, count the time, down to the second, when Winter Break will start. The long wait, the preparation for the holidays, and the overall suspense of the season give me “Tunnel Vision” for Winter Break. In the three treacherous weeks after Thanksgiving Break, I feel like Kodak Black because all I can see are the two blissful weeks that I have to look forward to. But now those weeks are here, and my “Tunnel Vision,” that causes so much anticipation for my break time, has failed me again. It is the day after Christmas and every year I feel like I have reached the end of that hypothetical tunnel. We hype ourselves up for a holiday that is over in one day, we tell ourselves that all of our sins of the past year will go away with one strike of midnight, and that 2018 will be a new year for us. The time between Christmas and New Years is the worst time of the year.
Sunday nights are meant to be spent at home with your family, bonding over how much you ate of the only true meal your mom makes each week. But for me, the Christmas classic, “Silent Night,” embodies more of the Sunday night vibes that I experience each week. In my family, Sundays are spent huddled up in our rooms, finishing our work for the upcoming week, and then binge-watching Netflix by ourselves until we fall asleep around two in the morning. To many of you, you may think that I am going to go on to whine and complain about the lack of family interaction I have, but yet that is not the case. I am around my family for the rest of the week, so I take Sunday nights to myself as my allotted “me time” each week. What I am concerned about is the lack of this time once I enter college.
“And I ain’t got nobody,” as Jimmy Buffet said back in 1993. Twenty-four years later, not much has changed in that regard. But when speaking about knowing what others are doing on a Saturday night, we in 2017 are far ahead of 1993 Jimmy. In today’s world, we are bombarded by knowing our friends, and even strangers, whereabouts and current happenings down to the second. Many of you reading this are probably seeing where I am going, but if you are not in tune with the current social media trend, don’t worry, I’ll catch you up.