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Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty for Taking a Break

“What are you doing?!” The voice of my supervisor startled me enough that my mouthful of shrimp cauliflower salad nearly escaped. My hand, reaching for my keyboard, froze mid-action. I must have looked quite silly.

  • I was stuck in temporary work as I struggled to finish grad school, so I was working meaningless, underpaying jobs, then going to classes or churning out papers.
  • There were some weeks I didn’t have work, so I’d have to apply for unemployment or food stamps. During those times, I’d pick up odd jobs. I spent most of one summer working in the Florida sun pulling weeds and trimming shrubs, then would have to scrounge up change to buy ramen for dinner.
  • I finally got a “real job” and worked my butt off to prove my worth.
  • I was in training for aerial arts and went to the studio four to five days a week, pushing my body to its limits for several hours at a time.
  • I was running my own company and putting on art shows and theatre productions, while handling all the marketing.

The need to keep working was as pressing as the need to breathe.

At some point, I’ll have to get over that. But I believe small steps lead to success, so for now, I’m working on being okay with small breaks. It’s hard, believe it or not, to step away from my Sunday writing sessions and go soak in the pool. It’s hard to sit and watch a movie without attempting to work on a costume or a writing project at the same time. It’s hard to get away from my desk and not think about all the things I have to do.

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