I’ve always believed that when you see patterns develop in your life, that there’s something to be learned from those patterns. One pattern that has appeared in my life over and over again is that when I get a break from school or work, I get sick. As soon as my life slows down, my immune system decides to go on vacation.
Well, my spring break started today and I woke up with some nasty, flu-like symptoms. There is the low-grade fever, congestion, headache, cough and chills. I feel crappy. I’m taking a fairly open-minded approach to this latest virus though, trying to actually learn something from it as opposed to just suffering and feeling bad.
I realized that I had looked at a week off from classes as an opportunity see lots of friends and get a whole bunch of stuff done. Nowhere in this break did a plan any time off for myself to sleep in or just veg out. And now I’m forced to veg unhappily for the next couple of days while I recover. I also realized from this cold how I feel like I have to be productive all the time. When I do take time off for myself, it comes bearing a certain element of guilt, a feeling that I have to look around and make sure that no one sees me watching movies or the food network.
So I am embracing this latest bout of viral discomfort as an opportunity to learn. I’m also looking forward to the matzo ball soup I hear is coming my way tomorrow.