Sunday, April 18, 2010

Running on Empty

I am completely and totally exhausted. I think it really started when we came back from spring break and hit the ground running, getting ready for Easter, and I still hadn't really recovered from Easter when I had a round of major tests and some major work stress. This week I'm registering for summer and fall classes and have a couple of major projects at it's all really catching up with me.

When I was making a decision about whether or not to go back to college, I asked a lot of people who had gone back as older students about it. They all encouraged it, but one coworker gave me wonderful, honest advice - "You can do it, but it's going to be really hard, and the one who will suffer the most is you, especially your health." I appreciated her honesty, and I'm finding out just how right she was. The lack of sleep and stress are definitely taking a toll on me. I got sick right after spring break - and I rarely get sick - and am really just now recuperating from it. But the thing is, no matter how hard it is, I don't regret it…I know that I made the right decision.

Thankfully, I'm just three weeks away from finishing out the semester, and I'll get about two months off before resuming classes for the second summer term. I plan on taking some time to clean and organize my neglected house, spend lots of time with my family, and check out a lot of really good books from the library. Giving the house a good spring cleaning and getting more organized will make me feel much better when July rolls around (so I can spend six intense weeks focusing on anatomy and physiology part two) and I'll have a chance to recharge my batteries by spending time on the things I love. I'm looking forward to it!


Mandy said...

I can't imagine going back to school as an adult with kids.. whew! It's no wonder you're exhausted.. but I think you are so right. Even though it's hard, that doesn't mean it wasn't the right choice. :) Often times the right things ARE the hardest. I bet you are so looking forward to summer break! Enjoy!

Jill said...

Amanda, I just want to offer you encouragement. I am a wife, mom, full-time worker, and a college student. Like you, I am exhausted but I know I have done the right thing not only for me but for my family. Hang in there girl, you will make it, you are woman!

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