To Do: Fall Free Into Reckless

Photo by Emma Matthews.

After reading my “Three Things” blog post last week, one of my friends, Cy,  added three more things to my list. I receive the first two items on her list with humility and gratitude:

  • You are very talented.
  • I am the #2 fan of your photo art.

It’s the third item on her list that I’m working to embrace:

  • It’s really okay to have a vacation and never, ever complete a task on the to-do list that you think is “life or death.” Just say you forgot about it or you can no longer do it. Fall free into reckless.

I’m convinced professors don’t take time off. We’re always working–grading, reading, planning, thinking, writing. We look forward to breaks, not because we can hit the road and head to the nearest beach, but because we can work (almost) uninterrupted.  My to-do list for the  mere nine days off (including weekends) is long. Significantly. I’m tempted to heed Cy’s advice, burn the list, and “fall free into reckless.”

The question is–can I “fall” with no regrets?

10 thoughts on “To Do: Fall Free Into Reckless

  1. Deb Breton says:

    Good luck with THAT! Seriously though, it IS vital that you take care of your emotional and physical body. Treat yourself to a massage, or something relaxing. Do what you can on your list, but remember to not only work hard, but PLAY hard too. Balance… Enjoy your time off👌

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  2. Brother Dave says:

    Although I have ample time now…I truly wish I had spent more time with my family instead of at my place of work. My priorities have changed for the better, but how I wish others would see the importance of maintaining a balance. Yes, we have to work to provide for our needs, but when the struggle for the legal tender becomes only a means to gain things, our wants, we often sacrifice precious moments that are lost forever.

    And thank you Chandra for liking and following my blog.

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  3. travelcraftjournal says:

    That’s a tough one. I have been working on loosening up on my perfectionistic standards (for myself). It’s freeing in some ways, but you also have to deal with the possibility of getting less done.

    If you figure out the answers, will you let me know? 🙂

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      I call myself a “recovering perfectionist.” Perfectionism is debilitating. Finding balance takes a lot of work, and I find that while I’m no longer uptight about the details like I used to be, I still sometimes struggle with the tendency that all has to be “perfect.” The key for me is to remind myself that everything isn’t dependent upon me, that the input of others is important, and less than perfect is okay, and in fact, is sometimes extraordinary.


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