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! :)