In our society quitting is looked upon as a weakness. It’s a bad thing to do and you are weak if you quit. You should finish everything you start, no matter what. We all hear these comments and we all think these thoughts. It’s just the world we live in but you know what, it’s ok to quit or take a break…
I have always been an overachiever. I put the pressure on myself to do everything perfectly. From work, to school, to my personal life…I put tons of pressure on myself to do it just right. It’s not very surprising that I was overworked and stressed out for the last few months.
Naturally, after getting my Bachelor’s degree, I wanted my Master’s degree, but I wasn’t quite sure what field I would work in for the long haul. I put it off for a few years and now I’ve been in the same field for over 6 years so of course, it was time for me to get that Master’s. It’s not a decision I came to lightly and I was secretly planning it for about a year. I enrolled earlier this year in an online Master’s program (hence the blogging hiatus). I now have two classes under my belt and a 4.0 average so why did I take a break?
The stress and pressure finally broke me down, and I wanted my life back. The first class was great. I enjoyed it and felt I learned a lot from it but that second class? Totally different ball game. This class involved a team project (I know how much every student loves those) and let’s just say certain team members didn’t show up for the game and then plagiarized a la Melania Trump style. (No judgment if you support Trump and that’s not a comment on who I support or don’t support FYI)
My everyday thoughts were consumed with freaking out over school. I was staying up at night thinking about it and stressing out way more than is acceptable for myself.
I just wasn’t happy anymore and my happiness is a priority. Everyone’s own happiness should be a priority. I missed the time I had for blogging, reading books, working out, having girl’s nights, and binge-watching Netflix with the hubby. I’m willing to sacrifice certain things but I was more stressed than I’ve ever been at any point in my life. The career path I’m going down doesn’t require a Master’s and it’s pretty damn expensive too.
My happiness and sanity are much more important to me than anything else. So, for now, I’m not admitting that I quit, damn societal norms, but I am taking a break. I may go back or I may not. It’s up to me. I’m free to change my mind and I am OK with that.
What have you taken a break from in your life?
What stresses you out the most?