The Importance Of Romantic Life

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I often find that being at Williams makes it easy for me to lose track of my personal life, and to put aside personal issues that I otherwise would have spent time trying to resolve. In the spirit of trying to make Williams a more human place, I decided to put Don’t Stare at a Blank Screen to use in my romantic life, as opposed to trying to fit it into a trite academic context. I started by identifying my problem: I met an amazing guy over the summer who goes to George Mason to study bioengineering on a pre-med track. We had a wonderful time with each other over the summer and got into a meaningful relationship for those four months. But, when it was time to leave New York City, we both agreed to end our relationship to avoid having to try …show more content…
At first, I struggled to generate meaningful ideas, which I attribute to the fact that my mind was not completely open to the exercise and I was still holding back. Once I grew more comfortable with the thought of just writing any course of action or idea that came to mind, I found myself producing a lot of thoughts. In the end, I found myself with about 25 bullet points to look over and work with. They ran the gamut from ridiculous ideas—like driving to George Mason and telling him how I feel—to more realistic ideas—like calling him and talking for a bit. And, as Burger and Starbird warned me, many of them were just plain …show more content…
That is not necessarily a bad outcome since this is not exactly a problem I should be rushing to solve. It is going to take time to work through this issue with him, but maybe I went into the exercise feeling as if I was going to find a magical solution. Perhaps it is useful for me to put this out of my mind for a few weeks, and come back to what I have written down later. Or perhaps a way to modify this exercise to make it more effective for my style of thinking is to encourage myself to do multiple rounds of it at various stages of the issue. I have a tendency to think through each step of the problem and re-evaluate the direction I am heading in as I move along. As this issue progresses, every time I reach a certain milestone, I should take a new “blank page” approach to the situation again, and see what new and what similar results I produce in that iteration. This will help me recalibrate my approach and gives me the ability to analyze how my thinking is developing in real time. However, it will also give me the opportunity to trust my instincts and not be as concerned with finding the right solution from the onset. Knowing that I am going to produce multiple iterations of this activity will give me the confidence to think through my actions step by step and take calculated risks. I do not have to worry so much about whether he is going to respond poorly to my

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