No desire is more natural than the desire for knowledge.
On Friday my boss asked me when I was going to take a break.
School. Work. Extracurriculars. Before I know it Medical School will come around.
I told him never. But it’s okay because as long as I am doing what I love, I will always be on break.
and I love to learn.
March 21, 2013. That is when I wrote this. Now, as a much more mature person, I want to respectfully disagree with myself and admit that I was wrong.
August 17, 2014
Take a break. You need days of doing absolutely nothing. You need days of enjoying the fact you are doing absolutely nothing. You need days of mindless thinking, of letting your brain rest from things that have been done, things that need to be done, conversations that passed, conversations to come. You need to come back to base, to have a personal retreat into silence and not feel guilty that you aren’t out in the world changing something. Being burnt-out is one of the worst feelings in the world and it doesn’t go away easily. Yes, occupying every second of your life seems like a good idea because that’s how we tend to describe hard-working people, but it truly isn’t. You need to think, to reflect, to record, to breathe.
Saying no was one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned.