January 23, 2011
Reevaluating my Priorites
So, off I go, my little happy Al-anon self, taking on 9 units on top of my full time job that has had major administrative changes in the last three months, including the retirement of two judges and the court executive officer, essentially putting a whole new admin in place. I found very quickly how stressed I was when opening my online course to look and see what was going to be expected of me. I must admit, I thought it was going to be a little of a cake walk (there go those expectation:) . It was not, the work load was massive for my schedule right now and I could feel my tension growing. I kept putting pressure on myself, starting spinning out of control, pure fear that I would fail. I then realized something. I will be working at my current job for a minimum of 9 more years. I have time, something I never have allowed myself once I get an idea or goal, got to get it done, done as quickly as possible and with outstanding grades. I prayed about it, and realized I had not purchased my books yet and that I would drop one class. Before the end of the week, I dropped them all. I have the book for one of the classes and will start that in the Summer semester and see how I do with online courses.
I guess my point in all this gibberish is that I allowed myself a break from the very high expectations I placed on myself at this point. I just had surgery, just returned to work this past week and have a 12 day vacation planned in February, I simply am not in the right frame of mind to start my schooling. I realized it was not my priority right now. My priority is to work on my program on a daily basis. This is something I have a hard time with. I need to treat my program like a class that I really enjoy with some homework. The class is the meetings, sponsor meetings, counseling meetings and this blog. The homework is always where I get stuck. That is the follow-through work, the reading, the meditation, the self care, etc. When I am on track and doing the best I can, I see and feel the positive changes it makes in my life. So again, I am learning that I can still return to school, but it is not an emergency for me, and I want to return to school and enjoy it this time around. I want it to be on my terms, not because I need to hash out a career path so I can pay bills and support my son as a single mom. I have the freedom to never return to school again if I so choose. It is not all or nothing, and the more I am learning that, the better I feel about myself and trust myself. It is a great feeling.
Blessings to you all,