Hey everyone! Many of you may be wondering where I’ve been. If you remember, about a month ago I came down with the flu. It was just another cold; I missed about a day of school and it was completely manageable. However, the past week I caught the flu again, and this time it was much, much worse. I don’t think I’ve had a sickness quite like this before and I missed an entire week of school. That is unheard of for me, since I’m very good about attendance. I just wanted to write a quick update on the blog and show you guys I haven’t forgotten about it (I don’t think I ever could!)
This week of illness (and this entire flu season altogether) has reminded me of a few things. Firstly, sometimes your body and your wellbeing have to come before anything else, including school. Secondly, you shouldn’t feel bad about that or be punished for it. In this society, everyone has such packed schedules and being present for every moment in life seems like a must. Although many of us love to be present for these moments, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Your health (including mental health) must come before everything at the end of the day. This week I definitely missed out on a lot and felt like I was letting some of my friends down. That’s one of the worst feelings in the world since I want everyone surrounding me to feel happy. However I came to the conclusion that if people truly and genuinely care about you, they will want your health to be at 100%.
When it comes to school, my university is extremely strict about attendance, which usually isn’t an issue for me since I’m always present for lectures, tests, etc. This week though, I missed every single class, which brings down my grade unless I bring in a doctor’s note (which I have ready, don’t you worry). I’m not quite sure if I agree with schools around the country that have this same rule. I get a little confused when professors consider a sickness an unexcused absence. Would they prefer a person come to class and infect everyone else instead of missing a day or two? I personally believe you should heal completely instead of rushing to get back to school when you’re still weak and sick. What do you guys think about illness being an accepted excuse for absences? I’d love to know your opinion since many of you have been through school.
Lastly, being sick in general makes me truly appreciate being healthy and able to finish tasks, work, etc. Life can get hectic sometimes, but we often forget to reflect back and appreciate the small things we have like health. I’m very lucky to have my good health and that this was just a second go at the flu for me. I’m excited to get back into my normal school, gym, and homework routine. Sometimes we need to reach a little low to fall back in love with our day to day lives. I hope this is a nice little reminder for you guys today! Have an amazing night, everyone!