Thanksgiving is coming up (but not soon enough if you ask me), and that means it’s time to start thinking about how you’re getting home. Here are the 15 emotional stages of getting home:
1. When you realize you have a long weekend/vacation/etc.
You stare at the calendar a bit to make sure you’re not hallucinating, and then you react like this:
2. Once you realize that it’s not a trick, you quickly go to your favorite travel website
Whether it’s Amtrak, Bolt Bus, the Turkey Shuttle, or your favorite airline, chances are you have the site bookmarked with your login info saved so moments like these are a snap.
You put in all your info to find a trip…
3. And then you realize that you can’t just miss all your classes
Unfortunately, breaks normally don’t start at the very beginning of a day. You’re still expected to go to your classes before you’re set free, which means you can’t leave first thing in the morning, when the tickets are cheaper and you get home sooner.
4. Annoyed, you go and check your class schedule and redo #2.
If you’re like me, you’re now looking at your screen like this because #3 has no doubt soured your excitement from #1.
Your last class ends hours later than you wish it did (especially now), and then you recalculate how long it will take you to get to the actual departure location (train station, airport, etc) from your campus. Too bad you didn’t remember this earlier.
5. But then you have the choices in front of you and you pick your ticket home…
It’s really happening!
6. And then you’re forced to go back to your regular schedule until your departure date arrives.
But no one said you had to be happy about it.
7. The day comes, and you’re super excited, and then get stressed when something goes wrong.
You’ve planned everything up until now, and then it goes to waste! Not really, but that’s probably what you’re thinking at this point.
8. But because this has been the only thing keeping you sane during #6, you’re going to get on your ride no matter what. And once you do, it’s the sweetest feeling:
Ahhh, that’s good.
9. But the ride is mostly likely long and though you should be productive, you’re likely to get bored.
And you’ll look like this:
And will just end up napping instead.
10. Then you realize it’s time to get off the train, plane, bus, whatever…
And you’re a bit out of it, but who cares?
11. But once you open the door to your home, you feel like you’re on top of the world.
Not with quite the same spectacle, but you work with what you’ve got.
12. You say hi to your pet(s), and then you remember to greet your parent(s), and then you run into the bathroom for a decent shower with good water pressure.
Isn’t it the best? You’re so happy, you could sing!
13. And then you change into PJs and crawl into bed.
Because that’s really the best part of going home, isn’t it?
14. And at the end of your stay, you realize you have to go back…
Don’t you wish you never had to leave?
15. But it’s okay, because soon enough you’ll be repeating this whole process.
You’ll be fine until then… right?
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