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Alex Antoszek. Student, artist, writer & tutor. This is my weekly newsletter about finding balance in life. Out every Sunday. Contact me: hello@[my last name].eu

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The Second Rule

Issue #8

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I'll be honest with you;

this past week has been crazy. Like, really, really crazy. 

The week before, I've been working in my school cleaning, painting, assembling furniture and helping with a few different tasks. While I enjoyed that type of work, it was incredibly exhausting physically. I even worked all through Saturday. 

Unfortunately, all the paints & chemicals that we used didn't really work well with my many, many allergies, so late Saturday evening I got a really bad allergic reaction, had to go to the ER. 

Then, on Sunday, one of my teachers called me, and asked; Could you help us prepare the inaugurational lecture? (On the first day of school, we always have a big lecture about our values, history etc). So I helped. In less than 24 hours I prepared a one-hour lecture. Then co-presented it with 12 other people. It went well. 

As you may assume, the first of week of school is always intense, but this one was different. See, a few years ago, our government changed how our education system works;

It used to be:

6 years of elementary school

3 years of middle school

3 years of high school

But now, it looks like this:

8 years of elementary school

4 years of high school

Thanks to that change, this year we have twice as many 1st year students, half from the old system (6+3), half from the new one (8). Eventually, all will complete high school after 12 years of education total, but for now, we have to deal with "two different 1st-year systems" simultanesously. Sigh.

I held four different 90 minute workshops, setup & configured 12 different computers, assembled 38 stools, all while meeting new teachers & trying to organize work for the next year. Sigh.

Not once did I sleep more than 6 hours a night. 

Yesterday, I got robbed. Someone opened my backpack and stole my laptop charger while I was waiting to cross a road. Thanks God it was only a charger. Sigh. 

The worst thing is, that I couldn't complete my Most Important Task for the week: publish episode one of a podcast I'm producing. Long story short, my podcast publisher messed up. Sigh.

I'm tired. Exhausted. 

It's easy to look at all those things that have happened and complain. It's incredibly easy to go around, and tell all the people around me how tired I am.

Always look at the bright side of life.


That's my second rule. Whatever happens, I will always look at the positives. 


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