Over on his backstage, Piste1eh needs a hobby. It reminds me that in 2000 or so, I was close to finishing graduate school, but still so far away. I also realized that sociology had begun to overtake my life – I had few interests outside of school, and little time to pursue those few interests I cultivated.
And so I embarked for a New Year’s Resolution on the “new Peter Project.” I was going to force myself to learn new things: cooking, dancing, writing fiction, some slightly advanced computer coding. I wanted to become a more well-rounded person.
The fiction writing soured, but I still make websites, I can dance a decent 8-count swing-out, and I have become a somewhat better than decent cook. All things considered, it was a pretty successful project. The sappy life lesson is this: at the end of the day, no one makes your career and your life but you. I won’t say time spent away from the library or computer made me a better sociologist, but it certainly has made me a better me.