Happy Friday! We’ve made it through another week, and I hope it was a good one. I’m almost recovered from a cold I got last Tuesday, so that’s a plus! I think the last time I was sick for this long was when I had the flu senior year of high school…not a fun time. Back then, the only good parts about getting sick were that I didn’t have to go to school, and my mom would take care of me. Unfortunately, college doesn’t wait on you to recover, and my professors certainly won’t be bringing me chicken noodle soup any time soon! It’s funny how my mom has been trying to take care of me even though she’s two hours away…I guess that’s what momma’s do 🙂
In light of my last post, “Taking My Own Advice”, I decided to continue building on that theme throughout my week. Many of you that know me are aware that I’m very dedicated to school. I 100% admit to being the type of person that will cancel Friday night plans to work on homework that I’m behind on (even though I’m most likely not behind…). I’m sure some of you know where I’m coming from. I guess the reason for this is two-fold. For one, I value my education, and I genuinely love to learn. I don’t necessarily like all the work, but I do like to be busy and on top of my homework. Secondly and most importantly, I want to be successful, and I’m absolutely determined to do everything in my power to achieve the highest highs.
Admittedly, this comes at a cost. Like I said, I’ll cancel plans for homework. I’ll miss traveling. I won’t even drive two hours home sometimes because in the four hours I would spend driving, I could accomplish so much schoolwork. As much as I hate to say it, I regret being this way sometimes. While I’ve been rewarded for my sacrifices, I’ve also missed out on a lot of social opportunities and life experiences that I wish I could have had. Have I gone out as much as the average college student? Absolutely not. Yeah, part of this is because I don’t enjoy drinking and partying, which is the activity of choice for most students, but I could have said yes more often to dinner or going to the movies.
I’ve been saying my whole junior year that I want to relax more and be social. Last semester, I think I accomplished this to a certain extent, but this semester I want to really find my balance. It’s going to be tough as I’m taking 16 credits, have weekly student organization meetings, volunteer, do research, write for this blog, have clients, and am studying for the GRE. Truth is, though, if I really want it I’ll make the time. This week, I’m proud to say that I have. On Monday afternoon, a friend asked me to go on a walk at Riverwalk and watch the sunset with her. I said yes and had a lot of fun 🙂 I also met another friend for coffee on Tuesday. I thought we were only going to be there for 30 minutes, but it turned into almost an hour and a half. Normally, I would have freaked out once I left, but this time I decided to enjoy how relaxed and fulfilled I felt. Sure, I didn’t get as much schoolwork done as I wanted to on these two days, but that’s okay because I found balance. I stepped out of my comfort zone!
So to be honest, I don’t really know what my lesson for the weekend is for you other than what I’ve been saying all along: step out of your comfort zone and strive for balance. It’s rewarding. It’s fulfilling. It’s warming. 🙂
“Life is about balance. Sometimes it’s perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, kick back, and do nothing.” ~ Lori Deschene