Balancing it all can be hard.
Many people in my personal and professional live have said that balancing the natural push and pull of life + work + personal life + academics + everything else can sometimes equal stress.
I will never say that I have mastered anything in my undergraduate career. Sometimes I feel like I cannot even do laundry, let alone control 60+ residents or effectively take care of an incident. What I can say is that experiences shape how we act.
From my parents to my bosses, they have always told me that life comes with this teeny tiny scale that is never meant to be perfectly equal. During Winter Training, our AD told us that most times life will never be perfectly balanced, but that is not the point. The point is to feel secure that a little imbalance is okay. Academics will most of the time pull more than social life obligations. It is all about finding that inner-security so that you can feel comfortable saying “I got this!”
No one’s life is perfectly even on the scale. Mine certainly is not. I have thoughts about graduate school all the time when I should be thinking about my current academics, or thinking about friends when I should be thinking about family.
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” -Dr. Seuss