Ah, Sunday. Sunlight through my bedroom windows awaken me. I stroll into the kitchen in my embroidered robe, fix a cup of tea, and ease into the couch cushions. I reflect on my accomplishments of the passed week and, before musing about the days ahead, I focus on the next dozen plus hours. Perhaps I'll share a nice brunch with friends, catch a movie, and zone out before a televised football game. Yes, Sunday is Funday - an entire day devoted to the carefree exploits of yours truly.
I wish this image were true. In some ways I'm the odd gunslinger out of we seven stufessionals. I do not carry one full-time job from Monday to Friday, tally hours in class on Saturday, and reserve Sunday to myself. Rather, I work several jobs every day of the week in an archaic, sleep-bamboozled schedule that keeps my head above water and arse in the classroom.
On a typical Sunday, I wake late and groggy from working the previous evening in a wine bar after a full day in class. Yes, you are correct, I go to school from 9 a.m.-5 p.m each Saturday then work from 6:30 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Sunday finds me restoring my body through rest and infusing my brain with knowledge through study. I am not at the dispense of whim. I am a student who supports himself by working 40 plus hours a week. I take what free time I can to craft quality work.
I am committed to personal and professional growth. To accomplish this I must sacrifice a large portion of my Sunday. I may take a cup of tea from my spot on the couch, but once that cup is empty, I've got work to do.
[Jared Macary supported and led communication outreach campaigns in urban and rural Togo, West Africa from 2004-2007. As a current Master of Arts Public Communication candidate at American University in Washington, DC, Jared continues to strengthen strategic and tactical programming]