It was inevitable. I crashed. Not as in vehicle accident, but as in burned out emotionally and physically.
A human can only do so much until they hit the wall. It is difficult for me to slow down and relax for more than an hour or two.
There, I admitted it. I need to slow down.
I figured I was burned out so just to make sure I took an “are you burned out test” online and scored a 65 out of 75.
I told Mrs. Medman that I just couldn’t go on anymore. She knew I needed a vacation. Something where I could just stop and chill.
Then, the next day I started not feeling so well. Fatigue, headache, sore throat, fever, inflamed posterior lymph nodes…sounded like either strep or mono. The thing is I am never sick. Like hardly ever. My wife and kids will get sick and re-sick but I don’t. It just doesn’t happen.
But, this time I did. My body and mind were yelling “stop!” So I spent several days in bed and out of work. I needed it.
It is times like these where you are forced to slow down and face the reality that you can’t conquer the world in 24 hours. My goals and dreams would have to take a back seat for a while so I could recover.
Here is what I am focusing on:
- Learning to say “no”
- Not over committing
- Re-focusing on my priorities
- Finding healthy ways to unload
- Spending quality time having fun with my family
- Working on enjoying every moment
Fortunately I don’t have any classes this summer so no harm there.
Now that I am feeling better I am able to assess what went wrong and pinpoint specifically why I burned out. So, if you’re like me and want your long term goals achieved by mañana, choose to stop and enjoy reality before reality stops you.