I have not posted on this blog for a while. I rationalized that I needed to get “serious” and “grow up.” I cannot be frittering away my time writing on this blog. I needed to be an “adult” and spend my time like a grown up would.
That was my reasoning for why I needed to stop posting on this blog. I was feeling overwhelmed with all my responsibilities as a graduate student while balancing completing medical school applications. However, I realized that posting on my blog was not holding me back from producing world class research. It was my lack of focus.
You can be a virtuoso or balanced but you can not be both. I had stretched myself too thin in too many directions. Therefore I needed to rein back on my commitments. This helped me drastically improve my research output.
However, I soon began losing my burning curiosity and desire to explore and solve complex problems. Why was this? I was not doing things for fun anymore. I was not allowing myself to recharge.
We only grow old if we fail to feed our inner child. I was starving my inner child! You may think, like I did, that you do not have time to have fun. But that is like saying you do not have time to fill up the gas while driving your car. Eventually it will catch up to you.
Having fun is one of the most potent forms of medicine. It keeps us young and reinvigorates us mentally by allowing us to reconnect with who we really are. It may seem paradoxical that spending time having fun would help improve productivity, but like everything in the universe your energy levels and focus follow cycles. You need periods of intense focus followed by period of deep relaxation and fun.
Be Happy and Chase your Dreams,
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