This past week, I successfully completed my certificate in technical communications from Simon Fraser University. Countless hours, many late nights, nine challenging courses, and almost two years later, I learned many valuable things both about my craft and about the business of #techcomm. But even more than that, I learned a lot about my own personal limits and how far I could bend…Without breaking.
Juggling a full-time job with a full-time life and mixing in some very intense schooling was a bigger challenge than I could have imagined. And it didn’t matter what season was going on around me; school got in my way. I missed out on family time, friend time, holiday time, and vacation time. I worked an eight-hour day at work and came home to another four or five-hour work night at home. My canned answer to invitations was ‘I can’t tonight, I have school. Sorry.’ And so it went.
But now, looking back, it was so much more than that. I made a commitment to myself that I would go out and obtain this particular certificate. And as the old proverb says “Anything worth doing is worth doing well”. And so… I did. I battled the late nights. I conquered the last-minute assignment adjustments. But most importantly, to me, I beat the little voice in my head that said “You can’t do this. You are too tired. You are too burnt out. You should just quit.” And towards the end, that voice got extremely loud, believe you me. It was all I could hear for the last few weeks.
But I made it. And so now, I’ve been asked (already): What am I going to do now?
Husband time. Family time. Cat snuggle time. And all those little, un-graded, but oh-so very important things in between. Oh — and with a little bit of nothing mixed in, for good measure.
That’s what I’m going to do now. And I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.