The Best Quote for My Fellow Type-A Perfectionists
“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” - Roald Dahl
Not everyone has trouble making time for relaxation, being silly, having fun, etc. But then there are people like me, who like to work whenever we have a free moment, and for who the challenge is not to work hard, but not to work hard.
In business, it is far too easy to burn out with the mentality that we can do anything and everything that comes our way, quickly and to a high-quality degree. I used to pride myself on working for 11 hour blocks straight with no break, or pulling all nighters in college only to ace my final. I correlated these long stretches of extreme work with my success, not realizing the long-term effects it would have on my health.
Did my GPA look good? Yes. Was my resume growing? Sure. Though, at the same rate those accolades were sizing up, my health was deteriorating. By the end of my senior year of college, my hair was thinner than ever, I was out of shape despite working out every day (in an unhealthy, unbalanced why), and I was always tired.
In travel, every vacation I’ve been on in my life has been super planned out, from tours to bookings to people and places I thought I needed to see. It’s important to plan of course but having these weeks in France where I have no idea what’s happening tomorrow is so...necessary for me right now. So much room for spontaneity, creativity, writing, reading, thinking. Yesterday I just sat in a park and thought (I am Sir Isaac Newton) - just thought! I’m so thankful for this time, and despite the slight anxiety I carry from not working as much as I normally do, my heart and spirit are so full. I know my work will reflect it down the road!
It only took me nine months of working in the data analytics industry post-graduation to realize that I was destined for something greater.