A small white pot, with bright green fake plastic leaf shoots, sits on a brown fake leather stool beside a cardboard box with an orange-on-white illustration of a portable room heater’s ambient circulation

The first day of a stretch off is more theoretical than practical. Resolutions and possibilities float through the air around you, even as you consider what it feels like to miss the steady routine of war and struggle to make real rest and downtime out of everyday time. Throw in the whole ‘I’ve never done this thing before’ on top of that, and well, it’s even more of a challenge.

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