We ended up with a 5-day weekend, which turned out to be fantastic. We had school cancelled on Thursday, in-service cancelled on Friday, and my robotics team’s competition was cancelled on Saturday. So what was going to be a busy weekend for me ended up being an opportunity to hunker down. As on previous snow days, I did my fair share of nothing. But there’s only so much nothing you can do. I started doing some neglected household chores and some random work stuff that I’d left on the back burner for too long. I set myself an actual schedule for the next few days, and, despite the snow, I actually went on not just one, but two walks.
I think the last month or so, I’ve felt like I was on a treadmill, a lá The Jetsons. When someone turned the treadmill off, I just stopped going. This weekend, I got off the treadmill and actually walked on a path I set myself. Even though I still have lots to do, I’m at least moving forward of my own accord.
Some people might make fun of my little goals I set for myself: to walk every day, to program a little every day, to read more. But these things are not just simple self-improvement for vanity’s sake. They’re important for lots of reasons. When I go for a walk, I’m not just exercising, I’m out in the world. I run into neighbors and chat or I just think about things. Sometimes I listen to music. Sometimes I listen to books. Basically, it gets me out of my own little world so I can see things differently. Reading does the same thing. I think about and talk about education all the time. I do love it, I do. But reading gets me away from that focus a little. I still bring the lens of education and computing to almost everything, but reading gives me new ways to look the things I do every day. Or sometimes, it’s so different from my everyday life that I can forget about everything.
This long weekend reminded me to make space and time for everything, including the “other stuff” I never seem to have time for. That other stuff seems unimportant and gets pushed to the side.