How I Beat My Back-to-School Blues

4 Sep

This is how I felt on Tuesday when I went back to school.

Usually, I’m excited to go back to school.  I love buying new clothes and new pencils.  I love getting a new syllabus and planning out when and how I will study.

This school year is different.

On the first day of school I made a list of everything that I would rather be doing than studying:

  1. Painting my nails
  2. Playing tennis
  3. Working at a “real” job
  4. Surfing
  5. Reading the news
  6. Sitting in solitary confinement in prison

THEN at the bottom of the list I wrote:

Having Fun

It hit me.  Having fun?  What kind of lame impulse made me write that?!  I’ve been having fun for the past month (going to Peru, shopping, surfing, hanging out with friends, going to Mexico, watching movies) and the whole time I was “having fun” I kept thinking to myself I like doing fun things but I can’t wait to get back to work.  I can’t wait to accomplish things and achieve.

I’ve learned that Hard Work is an essential ingredient in my happiness cocktail.

Breaks are good and an occasional vacation is necessary but when I stop working for a long period of time I get lazy and I become kind of wimpy.  I find that I doubt myself more.  I’m not as confident.  I don’t serve other people.

Hard work is the “Rule” that makes me feel good.

When I feel good, I feel a stronger desire to do other things that make me happy.

For me, hard work is setting a goal and completely finishing it.  It could be anything from building a house, to getting good grades, to learning how to take a 4 minute shower.  Whatever it is, you HAVE TO FINISH IT.  Some people have a hard time defining “hard work” but I think that this quote perfectly describes my motivation to work hard:hard_work

Now what?

I’m going to work hard because I need to work hard. I’m going to rock my classes, I’m going to volunteer, I’m going to make new friends, I’m going to join some clubs, I’m going to meditate frequently, and I’m going to stay up to date with current events.

Doing things makes me happy. Worrying about them doesn’t.

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2 Responses to “How I Beat My Back-to-School Blues”

  1. Tara Jacobsen November 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Great post!!! Thanks for sharing my link…:) Here is one I love that is not on the site!!!

    In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength but by perseverance. — H. Jackson Brown, Author

    • kateherrod November 14, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

      Thats a good one too! Thanks for sharing it (:

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