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….