I've been doing stuff, but there is always the creeping neverending fear that I'm not doing enough....
Spring break. I've been mostly resting and recovering from strep, but I've also been doing a few W&E things....
So last week a Young Scholar asked—What did you do for spring break when you were in college?
I had to think for a minute. Well. I went to Florida one year—1977. That was fun. Met a girl from Birmingham who called me her Yankee College Boy. Then, other years…I guess I actually didn’t do very much classic Spring Breaking. I was in Austin most of those undergraduate years—I didn’t need to go anywhere to have youthful adventures and madness and engage in energetic ne’er-do-wellism. I’d go to the Armadillo, I’d go to the Continental Club, I’d drink beer and go for drives in the Hill Country….
(Advice to Young Scholars: You don’t want to do now what I did then.)
Then another Young Scholar asked—What are you going to do this year?
And I didn’t need to think about that!
I’m going to SLEEP!
Yeah. Sleep. It’s been a long semester. I’m really tired. I’ve been doing a lot of Stuff. Maybe too much Stuff. And I’ve got Stuff to do—I have a book to write, I have completed books to submit, I have a book to edit for ABP, I have about 70 papers to grade, I need to get my car inspected, I need to go to Walmart….
But first I’m going to take a nap.
My newly-discovered formula for success is
REST = PRODUCTIVITY
In my own Young Scholar days I of course enthusiastically followed Warren Zevon’s advice to sleep when dead (“It don’t matter if I get a little tired!”), but as an Middle-Aging Scholar I’m finding that more rest means more Stuff done….