So you know how this was supposed to be the best semester of my career? I handed in my tenure dossier, there is zero research pressure since my book came out this year, and the worse my student evaluations are at the end of the semester, the better for me.
But it turned out to be a really crappy semester, and the worst part is that I’m not sure why. The courses I teach are all higher-level, and I love them. The students are the best ever, active, engaged. There is almost no service. Well, that’s always the case but still. I don’t have to wait for the bus and can get everywhere easily.
For some reason, I constantly feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and drowning in work. And I’m not like that as a person. I don’t like such people, so how come I’m one of them, and for no discernible reason, too?
It’s gotten to the point where I’m greeting my husband’s arrival home from work with, “I’m afraid the house is about to explode, quick, do something!” And all that because I’ve been haunted by images of gas leaks and explosions.
My only guess as to the reasons for this bizarre state of affairs is that I have accumulated exhaustion. And there is no immediate remedy for that.
To counteract all this whining, I want to share that I just discovered that somebody has already written the exact article I was planning to write, and this makes me very happy. Since the argument already exists out there, I can build upon it and take much further.