The most paradoxical of all student circumstances is that in which you have so much to do, you cannot get started. I have a mass of research work to do for Dr. Hurrell, the ever-present thesis, the fish paper, and myriad other tasks of all characters and levels of importance. At the same time, my capability is basically circumscribed to cooking, grocery shopping, listening to music, and reading short stories by Stanislaw Lem.
The thought that school will be resuming in little over a month does not help matters.
My hope is that this situation is like a wheel with a segment missing: nearly capable of rolling along effortlessly, but presently imcomplete. Adding that segment should thus unleash a massive torrent of productivity that smites tasks left and right, checking off box after box in my Moleskine diary and email after email in my various bulging inboxes.
PS. Note how the prefix ‘para’ often denotes ‘in place of,’ such as in paramedic, parachute, or paralegal. Lysis is the process whereby cells in living creatures explode, either due to the effects of some outside agent or an immune system determination that the cell is critically compromised.