Hi, How do you people manage an academic lifestyle? I have this problem that my minds want’s to know everything, and I often feel drained when I constantly read books, especially when I start doubting if I should be doing something else with my life, and thinking about all the experiences in life I'm missing out on. I was studying biology and now I’m going to study nutritional science (bachelor) instead. Here are some problems I’m facing: Perhaps a bit of a pessimistic mind. Can anyone relate to this? Do you have some suggestions for me? Constantly reading books to understand everything: My mind thinks, I got to get good at math, chemistry and physics to understand nutrition, but understanding chemistry completely is impossible since Bonding and orbital theories are visual interpretations of statistical and mathematical data, It’s a way to visualize that which we can’t see, so we actually don’t know how it looks but put faith in textbook theories such as explaining chemical changes through electron mechanisms and bonding theories. However I never get to see how the experiments behind these theories were performed and what led the people to conclude why we interpret chemical theories the way we do. Textbooks constantly tell you how things are, but don’t tell you in detail exactly how the experimental setups leading to this conclusion works, so I feel dumb just memorizing theories without understanding why it works. On the other hand If I were to understand every experimental detail 100% it would take a lifetime to understand anyway, so I can’t know for sure Disliking the idea of being tied to a job 40Hours/week: I don’t like the idea of doing the same thing every day for years, but on the other side I do want a job where I can let completely go of everything for at least 8 hours every day and spend time with my family or having my focus on things I like. When I work a full time job I feel drained when I get home, so I don’t have the energy, freedom and creative mind to say “Hey let’s go travel for a week now” or persuing hobbies like fishing, especially since there are so many other things to take care of in life. I feel I am wasting my time constantly reading books: Some people seem to plan how to make a living early in their life and then they just persue it. I feel as if my only goal is to soak in information from books such that I can be good at understanding how the body works, and how food interacts with it. But I feel like this is taking up so much of my time that I forget social life, mostly because there more I read the more I need to know. Also I often feel depressed and drained after reading 8 hours a day, so I wonder if my mind is just not made for this thing and if I should be doing something more practical instead, something which would earn me some money. Wanting to be able to focus on one thing and getting good at it: If I studied physiotherapy I could become really good at managing clients (social skills) and understanding the musculoskeletal system visually and in practice which sounds quite nice. I could focus my energy 100% on these 2 things. In academic life, I feel like I have to focus on 100 different things such as lab techniques, keeping algebra skills in check, a ton of different chemical pathways and chemical interactions in the body which constantly change with time, so constantly having to read scientific papers and change my model of the world. The way I’m thinking makes me kind of pessimistic and depressed – yet I’m still curious about learning about nutrition and how nutrients interact with the body, I just keep worrying aobut what kind of a job I’d get, and feel distracted since I don’t have a clear goal in mind.