I know it’s not particularly proud to say that you’ve completed a comprehensive 7500 word literature review in as little as a week. Then again, that’s not to say that you’ve also spend the last 3 months pouring through 5 full binders of journals trying to make heads or tails of a subject you’re supposed to be well versed in by the end of the year.
But such is academia, it’s a point in your life where knowing bits and pieces of everything doesn’t always cut it anymore. You’re expected to know everything about those bits and pieces. I know it’s a far cry on how a person is expected to live their life in the real world, but some things warrant a sense of focus and intense concentration that leaves little room for everything else in your life.
I knew that one day I would have to give up parts of my wanting life to pursue a future I still dream about. If anyone can say that, it’s the people who’ve dedicated their existence into making the rest of that real world a better place for everyone else. It’s understandable that most people don’t get that, but it doesn’t make it any less guilty to know you’ve neglected everything else you said you were supposed to do.
That being said, it’s about time I stopped being a hermit. I need some fresh air and everything needs to be put back into its proper place, starting with the carpet of journal papers that cover half the floor. Let it not be said that a little organized chaos can go a long way, especially when you have plenty of things to do in such a small space of time.