As a debate rages on in my mind over doctoral programs, I find comfort in advice I got recently before graduation. Although a bit generic, it was sound advice. Essentially, the break I was taking is over. 2020 is the next blip on my radar, and I want it to count.
When the dust settled on my final semester of graduate school, I unfocused but kept busy. Which is just as well. I needed that time to understand a nagging feeling telling me to do more. For years I bought into others telling me that was the "talk" of perfectionists, but somehow this didn't sound right anymore. Instead I wonder if this is how creatives yearn to respond to inspiration.
Either way, the time has come to start a passion project. For someone who needs and wants to stay steeped in academic and educative theories, I think I know what to do next. Doctoral programs are a big commitment. It took someone telling me I do not need to wait until I am in one to publish more or conduct research.
About the only thing I have decided is that 2020 will be a year of turning my goals into games and playing them to get more accomplished. This much I see myself doing successfully. Pressure still makes diamonds, but I need to find a way to lighten my path forward as things have gotten too intense of late.
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