December 1, 2015
Ten days after my twenty-fifth birthday—Thursday, July 18, 2009—I woke up early and headed to work as usual. I expected it to be just another day in a string of extremely long summer days—I run the aquatics portion of our summer camp and typically my days are thirteen hours long at this time of year. Being halfway through the season I was understandably exhausted. I remember throwing my hands in the air sometime around noon and telling my boss I was preemptively taking the following day off. I needed a break for my mental health.