By: Anne-Sophie Noel, IATG Contributor March 22, 2016
Teenagers and young adults are under more pressure than we care to admit. We’re expected to graduate high school, get into college, and figure out exactly what we’re doing with our lives before we’re even old enough to legally drink. We have to live at a crazy fast pace to be successful and meet everybody’s expectations, but in doing so, we sometimes lose sight of our own well-being.
In sports, players are allowed to call a time-out so they can rest or readjust their game plan. Why couldn’t we apply this same process to our lives?
I was in this situation not long ago. I had completed two years of college and had really good grades, but things didn’t feel right. Thinking about my future and what I was going to do with my degree gave me so much anxiety. I was exhausted, lost, and unhappy. I was 18 and already facing a mid-life crisis!
So, I made the big, scary decision to take a semester off of school. It was far from being a unanimous decision. I heard people say I was sabotaging my education and harming my future, but nobody wanted to talk about how I was feeling.
I wish more people understood that academic and professional success shouldn't come at the expense of an individual's well-being. Success doesn’t always mean happiness, but being happy with yourself and with your life will always bring you success.
Taking time off helped me take better care of myself, and soon enough my physical and mental health were back and stronger than ever. That’s when I knew I was ready to go back to school, get my degree, and do a job that makes me happy, on my own terms.
Life is not a competition. If you need to take a break from school, your job, or maybe even a relationship, know that there is no shame in doing so.
Is life getting the best of you? How can we change the conversation about the pace of life we keep? Take a timeout by giving some time to yourself to discover what’s best for you! You won’t regret it!
Anne-Sophie is a French Canadian student and a music lover. Nothing makes her happier than singing along to her favorite All Time Low record. She’s a friend, a daughter, a sister. She is that girl. You can also read her personal blog, www.narrowdeep.wordpress.com.
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