IB: Balance

Here I am on a Friday night, in a nice little cafe, sitting down in front of my laptop and wondering what I’m doing here. Sure, I just had dinner but that was that. I should be heading back and continuing on with my humongous amount of work now.

My planner lays open right beside me, staring daggers at me each time I dare to take a peek. It’s trying to remind me of the work I have yet to do. But, today’s special. Today, Friday is the unofficial end to a tiring and eventful school week and usually on Fridays,  I take some time off. For example, I usually go for my cell group meeting (for those of you who do not know, this is not a terrorist cell but a Christian one where a small group of members of a church meet together for a time of fellowship) on alternate Friday nights while on other Fridays, I’ll go out and have fun like I did with Miko last week when we went and watch Trolls (because we, no I, was too afraid to watch Ouija: Origin of Evil with the girls 🙂 ).

But, today is different. It’s all about the context you see as my wonderful English teacher, Mr. Cairns has stressed over the last couple of weeks. The context of an event, speech, or text plays such an important role in helping us understand it better. A fine example of this is the “I Have A Dream Speech” by Martin Luther King which we analyzed in class. This week has been a terrible week for me as I missed football training sessions and was generally in a slump for the first half of the week as I was plagued by diarrhea. It was horrible but after seeing the doctor on Wednesday, my week improved. I managed to work up the courage to give a small little speech in front of the whole high school for the first time today and it went pretty well so I’m quite happy about that.

Today, even as I sit here, tired and weary because of the long schooling week, I realize that I had to do this. To update my blog because this was probably the only chance I would have to do it over the weekend. My planner is telling me that:

  1. I have a few pieces of homework that I have not completed (normal 🙂 )
  2. There is a 24-hour race that I’m taking part in tomorrow
  3. I have Economics, Maths and History assessments coming up next week, all of which will take place in the span of 2 days—Tuesday and Wednesday

There are a lot of events and activities taking place on weekends that I would have loved to join. But, I’ve been holding back and only joining a couple of them and it’s been working so far with the result being time for my other activities such as reading, freestyle, and writing. But, the balancing act is hard. Going for the race tomorrow entails me only the remaining hours on Sunday and the after-school hours of Monday to prepare for my assessments. But at the same time, it’s a great way to spend time with friends and forge closer bonds, so it’s a trade-off. How many of these I can make while ensuring my grades are above average is the hard part. And now is the perfect time to learn the balancing act before it gets even tougher with work, life, and family.

So, that’s it for this week’s post. I’m trying really hard to balance my blogging, studies, freestyle, reading, Christian life and social life so pray for me as I learn how to balance all these optimally. Back to work for me now 🙂

Thank you for reading.

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