What happens when you can’t write anymore? I feel so burned out by everything that I have to do—final exams, final papers, final projects, graduation. Every time I sit down to write at a computer I feel myself fill up with so much dread. I have all these ideas and then I open my laptop or journal and they all leave my brain. I stare blankly into the void that is a blank Microsoft word document until I inevitably fall asleep, open Netflix, or shut my computer in frustration. Even writing this challenge blog is, well, a challenge. It takes me five minutes to write a sentence. Just now, it took me thirty seconds to remember the word for minute. What’s happening to my brain?
My parents tend to tell me that I look too much at the big picture, that I need to focus on what’s right in front of me and what I can do now. But how can I write when I suddenly remember I have to book my plane ticket to New York City for my senior showcase or that I have to choreograph a new dance for said showcase or that my other paper is due tomorrow or that, oh my gosh, I’m graduating in two weeks? The excitement of it all is somehow also burning me out—I am overwhelmed with the amount of work left to do? How do we sit down and write through it?