I spent this year’s Chinese New Year Eve sleeping and watching TV. With all the schoolwork I had to finish, I shouldn’t have been lounging at home. But I wasn’t able to do anything productive, thanks to my fever.
I kept complaining, “This sucks! Why did I have to get sick now, when I’m so busy?”
My dad calmly said, “The flu is a good thing.”
I thought he was joking. “How can the flu be a good thing when I’m so uncomfortable and meet up with my friends?”
Dad kept insisting, “The flu is a good thing.”
無論他説什麼，我還是很難過。我只好到處請假，跟別人説抱歉, “不好意思，我生病了, 不能上課／見面！請你原諒我。”
Regardless of what he said, I was still miserable. I sent emails left and right, saying “So sorry, I’m sick and can’t go to class/meet up. Please forgive me!”
之後，我發現爸爸説的話有道理。因為我沒別的事做, 就可以在家看Super Bowl球賽。最重要的是，我因為生病才有機會留在家好好陪爸爸媽媽吃一頓年夜飯。雖然頭痛，我還是很開心。
Later, I realized that Dad’s words had some truth. Because I had nothing else to do, I was able to watch the Super Bowl at home. More importantly, the flu allowed me to stay home and enjoy a proper New Year’s Eve meal with my parents.
雖然流感佷痛苦, 但是感冒強迫我休息。每個學期，我因為想嘗試各式各樣的課外活動，就像一隻猴子一樣跳來跳去，整天忙到晚。我的室友每個學期會替我緊張，因為她認為我老是做太多事。 我一直不同意。竟然我在這所超棒的學校讀書，為什麼不多上幾堂課, 參加多一點活動？這學期讓我特別著急, 因為我再三個月後就要畢業了。我怕以後會後悔沒參加某個社團, 所以我趁這幾個禮拜什麼都嘗試。
Although the flu was painful, it forced me to take a rest. Every semester, I jump around like a monkey all day between classes and activities. My roommate always told me I was doing too much, but I always disagreed. Why shouldn’t I take more classes and do more activities while I’m studying at such a great university? I’ve been especially panicked this semester, since I’ll be graduating in three months. The past few weeks, I’ve been trying out everything in case I regret joining a certain club.
It was only after this illness that I realized my body was telling me to rest. I need time to quiet down in order to keep my body healthy. Life is long enough that I don’t need to experience all of it right this moment.
I’m still very busy, but I’m also learning to balance my time. I’ll slow down and enjoy my leisure time before I start to sprint at full speed again.