S2 Scribble #4: No Gods No Masters

“The things we do, the things we don’t,”

Recently, I have been very busy – so busy that I’ve been scheduling specific time to be with friends and occasionally viewing it as something I have to do instead of an exciting privilege to spend time with people I love. While I used to be excited to see a friend, now I almost feel guilty – like I should be spending my time on school, work, or other urgent tasks instead. 

“The things we love, the things we lost.”

With midterms well underway, I am constantly asking myself one question: “Am I doing enough?” Am I studying enough? Am I working on my essays enough? Am I sleeping enough? Am I spending enough time with my friends? Am I spending enough time taking care of myself?

“Where the wind blows, runnin’ ’round in circles…”

In my most overwhelming moments, I remind myself that I am always enough, regardless of what I am doing (or not doing). I am doing enough, regardless of what I might hear or see others doing. It’s not easy to balance school, work, a social life, and my own physical and mental health. It’s natural to be overwhelmed, and I’m handling it and making it through the best I can.

“The future is mine just the same,”

Midterms will come and go, but I refuse to spend my time questioning and doubting myself, my work ethic, and my ability to succeed – academically and otherwise. I’m in control. I’m doing my best, I’m doing enough, I’m going to get all these essays and exams done, and I’m going to be alright. 

“No master or gods to obey.”

Listen to No Gods No Masters by Garbage here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxyIBF3ljrY

Sydney Braun

University of Michigan Class of 2024. Pronouns: she/her. Double Major in Environment and Communication & Media. Huge fan of 80s/90s music, not a fan of single-use plastic water bottles. Be sure to check out Song Scribbles With Sydney, where I use my favorite music to help analyze my emotions and experiences at college, posted every Friday!

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