It’s Sunday night, and I’m studying head and neck anatomy in preparation for sitting in on a couple of oral surgeries tomorrow. I’m pretty nervous, as the surgeons will be asking questions and right now, I feel like there’s a whole lot of anatomy that I can’t remember. No one wants to look like a fool, and I am very, VERY scared that I will.
I feel like I should have a better handle on this material, since I’m in my third year of dentistry and we’ve gone over this stuff a few times. It makes me question whether I should have spent yesterday studying instead of participating in a college-wide golf tournament, where I actually got to hang out with my husband for 8 hours sans kids and my friends from school, all at the same time. Then today I met a friend, whom I hadn’t seen for about 2 years, for coffee and spent about an hour and a half catching up. Should I have been studying instead of doing that? This morning, I got a little school-related reading in and did some meal-planning, but maybe I should have spent that time studying, too. Or maybe I should have not golfed and hung out with my kids yesterday afternoon. Also, I missed my workouts yesterday and today due to unexpectedly joining the golf tourney yesterday, and feeling rundown and plain not wanting to workout today.
My question is, is it actually possible to achieve a healthy balance between school, family, fitness, household chores, and leisure and not feel guilty about the choices you make? I’m not sure that it IS possible, and I sure don’t know how to go about doing it. It seems like no matter what choices I make these days, I feel like I’m neglecting another area in my life. And if I were to drop all leisure activities from my life, well…all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy [or Joanne a dull, crazy girl].
So, right now, the office is in complete chaos, the laundry is piling up, I’m not prepared for tomorrow, and I’m feeling guilty for blogging instead of studying. *sigh*
Do guys worry about this stuff, or is it a woman/mom thing? Is balance actually achievable, or is it a myth, like having an organized house or losing 7 lbs in 7 days? What are your tips for living a (sort-of) balanced life?