Hello, and welcome to Procrastination Nation! Sit down, relax! For this is what we do here. Ok- I’m not really procrastinating, but doesn’t “Procrastination Nation” sound like a cool book? Very Oprahbookclub-ish. I can just imagine her introducing me “Today we are discussing Aisha’s latest book Procrastination Nation” and I’ll have a nice layered cut, a crisp beige suit and the audience will clap.. oy such dreams of grandeur… Guess I am procrastinating..
But seriously, exams are coming up in about six weeks and the stress… oh the stress.. there was talk it would arrive but I do believe it has set up camp and settled in. I have a weird relationship with stress. I dont notice it until it sucker punches me in the gut with a “yoo hoo” For example, this past week suddenly I have: Intense headaches which make my head a waterbed with a four yr old jumping on it, Chest pain, palpitations, Teeth grinding, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares, Shortness of breath, Nausea. I never realized this meant stress. Whenever it struck I’d say “Hm.. whatever is the matter with me.” I guess I associate stress with a person running down hallways hands flailing “oh god oh god!” or grabbing their head like in excedrin commercials. or breathing into a paper bag. I smile. Crack jokes. Me? Stressed? Blasphemy!
I figured it out last year working full time as a second grade teacher and taking four night classes at law school, and I was at a friends house and she’s doing her PhD and she asked “how are you?” and instead of saying “well I am fine. How about you?” I told her my litany of symptoms and when I finished she said “me too!” And as we exchanged war stories of our physical ailments that were eerily similar I realized, “oh. I am stressed.” In the words of GI Joe: Knowing is half the battle but I’m still stressed!