Claire’s Happiness Project: Balance

I’m good at a lot of things- writing…. Monopoly…holding a one sided conversation; all talents I’m pretty proud of. However balance, whether physical or work related, has never been my strong suit. I tackle tasks head-on and tend to get a pretty serious case of tunnel vision. If I Happiness Projectsubmit an assignment I don’t think is perfect, I’ll obsess for days over mistakes. If I can’t do a yoga position perfectly, it will be come the focus on my practice for weeks. I have a habit of expecting perfection, and it gets in the way of my zen on a regular basis.

So for this portion of my Happiness Project, I’m working on balance. Surprisingly, grad school has taught me to be a little bit more balanced. As much as my nerdy little heart argues with my brain, grades will not matter come graduation. What matter is what I’ve learned in two years.  No, I haven’t always been the top of my class. Yes I cried my way through my first semester. But I pulled out B’s in Stats and Econ, two classes I hadn’t taken before in my life. I count that as a win. I may have pulled out an awesome GPA in undergrad, but in grad school, I’ve learned that a personal life is just as important as an A. My yoga practice, play time with the Geekling, and game/movie nights with the Fiance and friends are what keeps me sane. Without the amazing people to laugh and cry and bitch with, I would not have made it through the last 2 years.

Balance. It’s the little things- an hour with a book… a run outside… a phone call with a good friend. Things that seem insignificant, but when added up, they mean a lot.

A wise man once said that every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant.


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