Any thoughts or recommendations from those of you who have succeeded? (And if you’re young like me, feel free to reply also; I’d just like to make sure that I don’t just get replies from only one age/experience group—it’s less biased that way.) Allow me to elaborate: -- How do you manage to have time for hobbies? -- How do find the time get out and enjoy the flowers (figuratively and literally). (eg. exercise, clubs, hiking, etc.) -- How do you NOT spend all day every day and weekends doing homework or (once you’re past post-secondary) working? -- How do you relax? -- How do you avoid living vicariously all the time? -- How do you avoid rushing? How do you avoid a hectic lifestyle? -- For the wiser people: Looking back, what do you know now that you wish you knew when you were younger? Also, did you learn anything that surprised you? -- Etc… I think you get my drift. Frankly, this is a huge problem for me because for the last several years my lifestyle has been as follows: Junior High & High School: (a) Monday-Friday, 6:30 wake up, 6:30-7:30 = bathroom + dress + eat/read paper, 7:30-7:35 get ready to leave, 7:35-7:48 walk to school, 7:48-8:00 locker + homework and/or relax in library, 8:00-8:05 bell rings/go to first class, 8:05 start school, 8:05-11:00 classes and/or homework, 11:00-12:00 lunch break = 11:00-11:17 have lunch + 11:17-12:00 homework, 12:00-2:30 classes and/or homework, 2:30-2:50 locker + walk home, 2:50-4:00 break, 4-9 homework (insert 2 or 3 15min breaks + ½ hr supper around 8pm), 9:00-10 TV break or book + snack, 10:00 bed, (b) Saturday, spend about 7 hours overall doing homework, (c) Sunday, repeat Saturday. University*: Much busier. (* Took one year of University, so I have an idea what it’s like.) Friends, holidays, etc.—yeah, I wish! Without going into any other details let me say simply that I’m freaking out. I **cannot** go through life like that! How do you deal with this realistically? It really aggravates me when people say things like ‘well, you just make the time’, etc., etc.. I mean, really! Advice like that doesn’t tell me anything I don’t already know. It’s not so much a matter of ‘what’ needs to be done as ‘how in the heck I am going to be able to do these things’?! And yes, I do know you have to prioritize, I do know you should focus on the most important things, go to bed on time, etc., etc.. Now, I am not expecting miracles (although I've no objection) here since (a) it’s doubtful anyone here is omniscient or (b) perfect, furthermore (c) you don’t know me and vice versa so I realize that you can’t exactly give me so-called ‘tailored’ answer to my predicament, and (d) I realize you all have your own lives to take care of which, I imagine, is probably enough in and of itself. If you have a story from your own life that relates and you think that might help then by all means, please, post it. In fact, that might be more helpful then any other kind of advice you could give. General, specific, whatever—it doesn’t matter as long as you’re actually trying to help and you have something meaningful and constructive to contribute. Lastly, I am fully aware that any occupation I choose to pursue should match my interests—I AM trying to do that you know. Help in choosing an occupation is really a topic for another thread—probably my next one—but don’t let me stop you if you feel that you must write a little about it here. In this thread, I’m more interested in advice that you can apply to any occupation/block-of-life. If you also want to give advice specific to a particular discipline, please, go right ahead. Don't feel shy! Contribution is the key! Thank you.