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Tough decisions for health

Monday, September 23, 2013

I'm currently in my last semester of grad school (hurrah!). I was told these final classes would be fairly easy, but I'm finding that's not exactly true. There is quite a lot of homework - not difficult, but a lot of it - and confusion. (In one class I'm supposed to carry out a project...but the guidelines on reporting out our data is a bit nebulous. Cue stress.) It's been eating up a LOT of my time.

I've taken piano lessons for some time now; it's my fun outlet. However, I realized I was feeling overwhelmed with school and other commitments. Some days I even found it hard to get in a 15 walk! That's not right - or healthy. I was on brain overload, I was physically spent, and having to run here, there, and everywhere didn't help. Something had to give. I started to look at what I could cut, at least until school is done in December.

It was a difficult decision, but I decided to take a hiatus from lessons until I'm done with school.

In the interim, I plan on reviewing old material, so I don't lose any skills. But I think it'll be good for me to play and not feel like I need to memorize or master a song - while trying to do my research project, read three chapters and three handouts for school, etc. And just the mental peace of knowing there is one less driving trip per week is very nice. (I spend probably two hours driving to and from school each week.)

I'm sad, but I also feel a bit relieved. Sometimes, removing just one thing from your plate can make a big difference.

...and it's also nice knowing I have something to look forward to when school is done! :)
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    It is always hard to make these kinds of decisions, but I think you're doing something smart. You can then "reward" yourself by resuming lessons after your class is finished.
    1545 days ago
    Whoever told you anything about grad school would be easy, was an optimist.
    It was a very good decision you made to postpone some of your music lessons. I guarantee it will be there for you when you are done with school. I brought some garden veggies to a recent graduate last week and I had to wait at the door because I did not want to interrupt the beautiful music that I was hearing. She, too, had to put her piano on hold while she finished school. But now she has time to play.
    Best wishes to you for a successful conclusion to your studies.
    1545 days ago
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