Spring break is almost upon us!
And, it is desperately needed.
My motivation to complete assignments and be even minimally productive has been on a downward trajectory since, oh, about mid-January. Newport News has had a (small) handful of really warm, downright gorgeous days, and ever since then I have been counting down the days until I can race over to Buckroe Beach (a local public beach on the Chesapeake Bay) and sprawl out on the sand screaming, “Free at last!”
I’m not ready for my sophomore year to end, per se, but I am definitely craving a break from the schoolwork. Even though I have a speech to prepare and a paper to write, spring break is looking to be a great time of relaxation. And, if the sun decides to make an appearance, it will be even better.
I can tell how ready I am for a break by how often my body starts quitting on me. Wow, you might say, that seems like a serious condition. I can assure you, I am doing just fine. However, my sleep schedule is not. I took an (unintentional) four-hour nap yesterday, and I think it’s my body’s way of saying, “Hey, I know you haven’t really been sleeping at night because of all that school stuff. Let’s make up for it by snoozing through lunch … and dinner.” The longer the nap, the more ready I am to throw the towel in – even if just for a few hours.
While it may be easier to hibernate in my room and shirk these last few assignments, it is so worth it (to my grades and to myself) to continue striving towards that tiny glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Powering through these couple classes before break will ultimately benefit me way more than searching the Internet for cat memes into the wee hours of the night (although that is a pretty fun activity).
So remember: work hard, play hard. Finish strong, and relaxing will feel that much more rewarding.
And, take the naps you think you deserve. It’s always okay to nap.