Excuse me…a 16 hour flight that has a 1 hour flight before it, and a 2 hour flight after it. So…what do you do for that much time in a plane? I mean, how many times can I really read the entire Divergent series (NO SPOILING IT FOR ME, I am saving book 3 for the plane, duh).

Help?

In October I:

  • Signed my first lease with a significant other (hello, Dupont Circle!)
  • Purchased renters insurance (not very exciting, but apparently everyone but me already has it…oops)
  • Bought my very first bridesmaid dress!
  • Booked a flight to Thailand…and have nearly booked a flight back. Don’t ask.
  • Booked trips to New Jersey, West Virginia, Michigan, and potentially L.A.

Bonus list: Random Acts of Adulting I Actually Enjoy:

  • Having a package of stamps on hand in my wallet
  • Taking care of a bill on time, without freaking out about finances
  • Making prompt package returns when needed (thereby undoing my wine shopping/over-caffeinated shopping/etc.)
  • Making a work to-do list, revising it, and checking boxes. The fact that I actually just wrote that may be the ultimate win for me, no lie.

"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.” (Dr. Martin Luther King, “I Have A Dream”)

I got all teary at my desk after reading this part of Dr. King’s speech. And while I sit here quickly blinking and pretending no one saw, I’ve got to say it’s really powerful that, after all these years, just reading his words had an impact that visceral. It’s easy to see how relevant this speech is, and I feel sad because it’s never been more apparent that we as a nation are still struggling towards this day. The first paragraph of the quote is so beautifully obvious. And it just hasn’t happened. Yet.

I wish that watching, listening or reading Dr. King’s speech could be done as an affirmation of what we HAVE accomplished, instead of a reminder of how far we really have to go.