Five years out of NYC and academics seems a complete impossibility, almost as if it never existed, or as if those people and places are figments of my imagination. I start to believe that all of those habits of thought are gone, that that road was never there and will never be there, that it was all a kind of mirage. The company I’ve been keeping probably contributes to that.
But five minutes with another academically-minded person and suddenly it all feels real and possible again, as though I ought to start pounding the pavement now. I find myself making plans once again, wanting to crank the machinery up and get it back into gear.
File under: Naysayers vs. supporters.
Also file under: Use it or lose it.
Also file under: The company you keep.