A few weeks ago, on a Tuesday afternoon, I began to have incredibly painful stomach cramps. Like most would do, I shrugged it off and figured it would eventually go away. Nine hours later it didn’t. I decided to drag myself to ER, and for good reason, as the pain was ultimately my appendix screaming to come out.
Surgery was required, which meant I had to hang out in the hospital for a few days. The few days that I spent in the hospital were worth it, as I gained some valuable insights on the notion of rest, downtime, and productivity. The key take away I received is that sometimes, we simply need to listen to our body and rest. While I spent a few hours here and there working on my programming assisgnment – nothing beats the rush of solving complex computer science algorithms while high under the effects of pain killers – a majority of the time I was laid out, sleeping, and recovering from surgery.
Ten days later I am back into my regular routine, which I am very grateful for. But still, I can look back and see that there was a much needed rest I was able to take advantage of. As my semester enters the second, clearly more intense half, I can enter into it with a renewed sense of energy, focus, and purpose. I want to give a special shout-out to my (former?) appendix. Thanks little buddy for helping me rest when I needed it most.