I have been admittedly fairly stressed out these past two months. It’s halfway through the semester, so I owe it to myself to take a retrospective view and re-evaluate what I’m doing.
And I don’t even know. My most common technique is to compare what I do now to what I used to, what I used to deal with, in past semesters. And while I’m not entirely sure my work load (between work, school, etc.) is necessarily too different, my stress level is certainly higher. Yet, I feel like the strain of work and school is lower. What happened?
- I’m actually starting to approach a time where I’m making decisions and planning for post-graduation. You know, it’s a like the “final step” into “the real world”. Each step I take doesn’t feel that unique though. But I think leaving college probably will.
- The imperative of reality is that it is subjective. It is what feels important. The real world for college freshman is intro-level classes, and that’s as real as it gets. No, it’s not hunger, having difficulty paying rent and health insurance, or the stress of raising a family. Suffering is not a requirement for the real world. Meaning and how we engage the world define reality.
- The definition of my real world is changing drastically. Classes matter less and engaging with communities and implementing effective education are becoming monumental. But I still care a lot about my work, regardless of where I do it.