So, I haven’t written anything here since mid-march. I suspect that was spring break. If I look at my posts over time, I notice that I tend to write more here during breaks from my “day job”. Breaks are important, I think they provide time for reflection and planning. Breaks allow us to enter into our return with a sense of rest and excitement. Breaks help us avoid feeling stuck and lost in the mundane.
Yet, I feel cheated that I sometimes don’t allow myself breaks except for the “official” breaks. With the ever increasing focus on production and the increasing utilitarian outlook in both academia and society at large, we should continue to push against the lack of breaks. Leisure time may just be the most valuable commodity our modern society has produced, we should not let it be taken away.