What you have to do and What you want to do

I was visiting my Aunt during the spring break. The Semester has been crazy for me. It has been only six months since I came to the US to do my master’s in Project Management. Choosing between two well known colleges is never an easy task. Life in the first semester was crazy enough. I was put up in a dorm with international students who all had a mind of their own. I could never get along – different lifestyles, different cultures. On top of everything, I am a vegetarian. Imagine being in a far off country with little cash, a meagre scholarship and places to eat where chicken is considered vegetarian, a hectic Graduate school schedule. In this kind of situation, it helps to not have indifferent room mates.

Anyway, I am digressing. After 3 days of exploring Philadelphia, Atlantic City and the neighborhoods I thought I was having a good time. There was a paper I had to complete during the break, but that was okay – very doable. After a lot of walking yesterday, I was tired and went to sleep early. First thing in the morning, I checked my blackboard (where I can see assignments, news, etc) online and there it was – the dreaded MIT professor doling out assignments during the break as though he was doling out money to the auto industry like the Federal government.

At this point, I was wondering what to do – I wanted to utilize my spring break well w/o having to get back to the same dogged life of the semester. There were so many things I wanted to do and now I have this killer. Then it dawned upon me, I need to distinguish between what I need to do and what I want to do. See, there needs to be a balance. Without this balance, I will soon get burnt out. Creating that space where I can also do what I want to do, refreshes me and charges my mind. There it was! My action plan was already starting to form. With that distinction, I could keep my sanity under control.

The two hour break where I went out and helped did make a difference in my mind. Taking my mind off work did the trick. It refreshed me. Uncle would always say, the mind is like a sponge; if it is soaked it can’t take more. So you need to un-soak it or squeeze out the dreads and it will make space for newer things. That’s how you keep being creative…

Comments need to be approved by the Admin before being published.