[COLUMN] Thinking Out Loud: Take space to rest today


Submitted by Jenny Ries

Thinking Out Loud is a monthly column by Opinions Editor Jenny Ries.

These past few months of school have been a sprint, and I think it’s safe to say that many of us are a little winded right now.
We’ve spent the past few weeks scrambling to get all of the one-last-things done to end the semester on a high, or at least non-disastrous, note. It’s likely that we haven’t taken a lot of time to simply exist.
For me, it can sometimes feel like my value is equivalent to my productivity, that the more I do, the more I am. But right now, I want to take space, get out of the productivity mindset, and allow myself to rest.
There’s so much to accomplish, so much growing and changing that we are all trying to do, and that’s vital. But the only way to stay engaged in our lives and invested in growth is to pace ourselves. Stepping back, taking space and time away from the pursuit of our goals, hopes, and dreams allows us to assess and reevaluate where we are and what our next steps will be. Sometimes stepping off the path is the best way to see how far you’ve traveled, and decide where to go next.
With this pause, this space, comes perspective.
When you haven’t done it in while, it can be hard to know how to even begin to find perspective.
You can start by looking up at the sky. There’s a lot of space up there.
Think about the fact that we wouldn’t be able to see any stars if there wasn’t space around them.