Daily Reflection 1/9

Back at it again!

After quite a long hiatus from this section of my site, I’m making a return to writing every day. Now that I am back in Santa Barbara and diving headfirst into the responsibilities associated it will be a pleasurable break from my daily routines to post here.

It was a hell of a winter break for me- I went from Santa Barbara to Oakland, to Idaho, back to Oakland, up to Oregon and Washington and finally returned to Isla Vista with enough time to get a few hours of sleep before the beginning of a busy quarter. I had a blast with my family and friends doing all of the things one would expect of a 22 year old with relative freedom from work and school. A mix of relaxation and exploration has me feeling ready to take on the whole world in this new year.

During my break I thought about what the turning of the new year meant for me personally. I realized that “Winter Break” would never again occur for me. Without the structure of school, the concept of time off for the holidays will certainly take on a whole new meaning. In an interesting way I also realized how much of my personal productivity was linked to the relatively arbitrary schedule of my university- work during the quarter, party during the breaks. But in the face of this new year, and new chapter in my life, I believe the time to change this mode of thinking has come.

Soon enough I will have more time on my hands than I know what to do with. Without school to suggest when I should be productive, I aim to re-envision my concept of when and how to accomplish the things I want to get done. It’s definitely easy to rely on the structure of school to dictate your on and off days, but when that no longer exists I think its the perfect opportunity to tailor those rhythms to your own individual ebb and flow. I know when and under what conditions I tend to do my best work, and I look forward to molding my schedule to maximize working during these times. Maybe this is just naive millennial hopefulness, but I really can see a future for myself where I work when I want how I want, not because it’s fun, but because it will bring out the best in me.

Whatever the future holds, I am excited to be fully in control of my own destiny. Now to buckle down and fight the good fight.

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