This last week I was so excited to visit New Orleans. I readied the purple backpack that kept me company throughout all my abroad adventures, I checked into my flight, I laid out my clothes for when I woke up at 5 o’clock in the morning. I was set.
Aaaaaand then I got sick. I woke up in the dead of night feeling awful and instead of taking a beat, I decided to power through because #NOLAorBust. I couldn’t even make it through security. I was dehydrated, dizzy, nauseous, and pale, so why was I still fighting to have a good time?
A trip to the ER ended up being the sign that I was not destined for this particular vacation. I laid in bed doing not much besides sleeping and binge-watching When Calls the Heart for the first three days–the first true break I had taken in a long while. I had been enjoying the fast pace I was on, the working out every day, healthy meals, navigating schoolwork, a part-time job, friends, significant other, and maintaining this blog, but what I had really done was internalized the myth of the woman who could “do it all,” and eventually my body had to pull the emergency brake.
I can’t be the only person out there who feels like they have to “do it all” to be successful. If I can’t handle juggling a lot of different good things in my life, that doesn’t mean I’m doing something wrong, it just means that I’m doing a little too much.
There is definitely such a thing as too much of something good, and if we step back from good things to take care of ourselves, we will be able to do more good things in the future.
Are you reading this? Say it with me: take that break.