Taking Part in Life

by Emily Jasper on October 22, 2010

My life is now what the best version of my life can be. I am so busy that I have to keep 12 Google calendars just for color coding. I meet so many people now, and each of them is ready to build a friendship. Sometimes I forget that I haven’t spoken with my parents in a while, and I send texts saying, “Still busy, love you!”

While perhaps some might think I’m too busy, it’s what I needed.

I wrote over at our MBA website about how getting your degree is more than a restart, it’s a jumpstart. You aren’t waiting for graduation day to see the change, you get it from day one. Everything is moving, you find yourself wanting to say “yes” all the time, and you’re happy when there are tons of opportunities to see the people who have become your friends. You have put yourself in a position to learn constantly.

What could be better than that?

On the other hand, I go to sleep at night with four or five post ideas in my head. I think, “I’ll write those in the morning.” Even if I do get up early to have writing time, everything else takes priority first. Handling the events for the week, double-checking the deck for Open House, reviewing the new Accounting syllabus, and on, and on.

I kind if wish I could go back to spending more time in airports…I’d get my writing done then.

Then, on the other-other hand, why is it bad that I spend less time in front of a computer screen? I’m in the real world hanging out with people IRL. I’m back in school, so I know things are going to be unpredictable, and that’s the fun of it. This is probably one of the few times I have where I can follow almost all my whims and not feel guilty. Sushi Monday? Sure, let’s do that. Join the intramural flag-football and soccer teams? Just tell me when to show up. Head to the Pumpkin Patch for a study break? I’m all over it.

I think that I’m finding a balance that I may not have had before. I still write, just not as often as I would like. If I get the first sentence of an idea down on paper, I know I can come back to it. Too soon, I’ll be back in offices and airports. Too soon my writing might take a hit for another reason. Life happens.

What I know now is that I want to take part in it, not just write about it.

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