The beginning of summer always feels exhilarating to me. For the first time in months the sun lingers warm and soothing on the skin, everything seems to overflow with life and energy. And I feel like I’m boarding a boat in the middle of the ocean and it’s up to me to decide where I want to go from here. There are so many possibilities, which is as exciting as it’s intimidating. My days are filled with only recently discovered music, books I finally get to read, and academic work that brings me closer and closer to the endgame. And even though everything seems great at first, there is still a hint of some underlying melancholy. But maybe that’s just me.