I’m a map person. I always feel the need to be oriented, to know where I am. So it makes me feel really awkward to know practically nothing about North Carolina other than the following (possibly true) things:
- It is going to be hot there (this is true for all non-Pacific Northwest places in the US during August)
- The Eastern border of the state is the Atlantic Ocean
- The Western Border of the state is the top of the Appalachian Mountains.
- I will be in the South, but despite being further north than Florida (where I was a few months ago), North Carolina is somehow more The South than Tampa.
- I may or may not be able to get sweet tea, and the barbecue may have coleslaw on it.
I feel unprepared for flying to Durham for the Limitless Conference not only because I have no sense of where in the state it is and haven’t done the laundry I need to, but because I have hardly had an hour to spend looking over the schedule for the weekend. What’s keeping me so busy this summer? Well, I’m a young adult woman, and I have things to do! Namely:
- graduate school
- working 20-40 hours/week
- planning my wedding
- being involved in United Methodist politics, which has had me in other states twice in the last three months.
With all that on my plate and a full day of work tomorrow before my 11pm flight, my current plan is to spend my two hours in SeaTac and three hours in DFW tomorrow night/Thursday morning catching up on what it is we’re getting ourselves into. Either that or sleep.
ssmary is a 26-year-old Pastoral Counseling student at Seattle University, School of Theology and Ministry. While at Limitless, she likely misses her 70-degree summer, her two cats, and her fiance.