“The toughest job you’ll ever love” – Peace Corps
Sometimes you need to take a day to stay in bed and watch movies all day. It happens. You can’t be too hard on yourself for it. This is 24/7 job and sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. I have been in Kenya for nearly 10 months now. I love my site, house, counterparts, town, and job.
But…I am feeling a tad burned out. In perspective what I am doing is awesome! I am not ready to go home, I am just feeling slightly overwhelmed by the day and night exposure. I have two weeks before I leave the country and go on vacation for the first time. It honestly could not have come at a better time. I am in need of a change of scenery and pace, and I feel a little antsy having to wait two weeks! But…perspective. The sooner it starts, the sooner it ends. Same goes for PC.
So. I am going to enjoy a lazy Sunday and decompress. Not worry about anything and just watch movies all day. Because I can. I am allowed to and encouraged to. An effective service is done by an invigorated volunteer. I just need a little break from it all to regain that pep in my step(something more than just a few days at a fancy hotel, an entirely new environment). In the meantime, I will work through the next two weeks and do my best not to count the hours…or minutes.
As a volunteer if you begin to experience burn out, then figure out what you need to regain your take over the world attitude! The job is tough, but it is a labor of love!!