Yesterday I was having a conversation with a woman who I’ve been in a few classes with here at Wells. At the end of the conversation I said something like “Well, okay, I’ve got to go to orchestra now” and she said
“Wow, you do a lot.”
What I wanted to say was “Thank you”, but as the words were in my mouth, I realized that “Wow, you do a lot” isn’t actually a compliment. In fact, I’m pretty sure that to someone listening in, her “Wow, you do a lot” would have sounded more like “Are you completely insane?”
It got me to thinking about stress addiction. Earlier this semester, I listened to a friend of mine describe her busy schedule (twenty credits, a part-time job, auditing an art class, a couple of clubs) and I actually felt guilty for not doing enough. Keep in mind, this girl is no longer working that hard because it’s not actually possible for her to do so. But hearing about it, even when I suspected she would eventually relax her commitments a little, was enough to make me jealous.
Here is a list of what I’m doing right now:
15 credits of “real” classes.
5 credits of independent study, choir, and orchestra. Total=20 credits.
Henry’s VIII, a campus a’ cappella group, 6 hours/week.
Work study job, 5 hours/week.
Campus Greens, which I’m a partial member of.
Wow, I do a lot. And sometimes I feel like it ought to be more…