Thursday, March 27, 2014

I miss homework.

There I've said it.

Now you're all thinking, who is this crazy lady and why am I reading her blog??

Okay, I'll admit that it's a little weird to miss homework. But how unusual is it really? All of you in school right now are probably saying that you can't wait to be done with school and homework and just live life like you want to. But I have the sneaking suspicion that some of you other graduates who are out of school might just be thinking okay, I can get where she's coming from.

I stopped into my local college campus for a few minutes today with my roommate, and I was reading while she was running an errand, and it just hit me how much I miss homework. I miss having a list of things to do which would have consequences if I didn't complete. I was a very organized student--I'd write down all my homework assignments in my planner and highlight them as I completed them. I wanted to pull out my planner and highlighter. I wanted to say YES I DID SOMETHING.

I was in AP classes in high school and in college, I breezed past most of the introductory level classes and straight into classes which I believed "mattered more." I'm an advocate for learning for learning's sake, but I also have learned through my years that grades are what matter. And I complain that I don't know how to be an adult. And I think part of the reason why is that nobody's grading me. I can write all the blog posts I want, but it doesn't really matter to anyone else. If I actually work on my novel or just let it sit open for a few hours, nobody is going to know but me. I have to hold myself accountable, and I don't know that I'm capable of that. I'm going to work harder. I tell myself this constantly, but I guess the good news is I mean it every time too.

What about you, lovelies? Do you feel accountable for your own life? Do you miss homework? What are you learning about?

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