Being in the world of work for the past 8 months (as opposed to the world of academia) I feel like I’ve been getting steadily dumber.
Not that my work doesn’t require a great deal of thought – but it’s very specific, and I feel like my mind’s stuck in a place where I can only reasonably process information within a certain context. I used to pour through policy documents as easily as if they were Harry Potter novels. Right now I’m finding myself having to read and re-read entire clauses of the Workers’ Compensation Act 2 and 3 times over before they make sense.
I also feel out of touch with what’s going on in the intellectual world. Friends are exploring and discussing politics, human rights issues, philosophy, theology… and I’m contemplating what kind of bottled water to order. I went out for brunch last Sunday with some people from SFU, and their conversation flowed flawlessly over issues that I hadn’t even thought about since I left school. Later that day with a different group of friends, I even went so far as to assert that Halifax is in Newfoundland. That’s something any 4th grade Social Studies student would have called me on.
So for anyone that’s been here before – seemingly too busy to bother being involved in the real issues – how did you get back into it? What are you reading, seeing, who are you talking to? Where can I go from here?