By Orla O’Connor
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We have heard it a lot at SCA that we need to take time to slow down. That we need to make sure that we don’t burn out. Make sure you leave time for the things you love. It is hard to take heed of that advice. SCA is an incredibly intense and competitive environment. It is especially hard to slow down when you know that D and AD is looming.
See last week was half term. My partener and I decided it was a great time to get a head start on our D and AD stuff as well as trying to fill a portfolio. And when I wasn’t doing that I was running around London attempting to see everyone I’ve ever met, and forcing myself to “have fun”. In the process I forgot that I needed some time. Before I knew it it was Sunday night, school started tomorrow morning.
I am the kind of person that enjoys my own company. I am quite happy to just stay in my room the whole day, and do stuff like paint, or watch a film, or even go out and wonder around by myself. None of which I did. Until today. I woke up with a horribly bad tummy ache, and I knew that was my body telling me, yelling at me, to SLOW THE HELL DOWN. To be frank it wasn’t really giving me an option, the train ride wouldn’t have been fun for anyone, so I decided to stay at home today from SCA and recover. A choice I have probably made only a handful of times before in my life, I’m a giant nerd and hated missing school. But as I sit here writing this, drinking my own body weight in herbal tea, I can feel my body start to recover and relax. Maybe that means tomorrow will be way more productive than our stressful day yesterday.
I forgot the importance of slowing down and I really hope by writing this it will remind just one other person that they should become a goblin for the day (preferably not a school day, missing cool mentors), lock themselves in their room, and just slow down. I love SCA but sometimes we need some space from the ones we love, so they don’t drive is completely mental. So I will see you all tomorrow, bright eyed, and bushy tailed.