flexing sleepy brain muscles

I love learning, I really do. It makes me feel active, engaged in the world, and just plain old happy. Learning, and thinking seem like muscle actions, and I’ve been pretty lazy for the last couple of years. I have a paper proposal due tomorrow, and I am having a lot of fun reading about related studies that have been done and possibly useful data sets. I have to develop a topic, pose a question, and outline how i am going to go about completing the research, along with a preliminary list of sources. At the moment I have a robust set of sources, and my question is a little vague. I have a specific area to look at, but I don’t feel like I have a direction in terms of analysis that I plan on doing. My direction seems more descriptive than actually tackling anything requiring brain flexing.

I’ll get there, hopefully by sometime tonight. I know that I am looking on water pollution issues in the Taihu watershed (Jiangsu province), and I’m not sure if I’ll limit the kinds of pollution. Right now I’m thinking it would be fun to look at this surface water resource and its related pollution issues as an overview of what China faces as a country in terms of water management, and possible directions that could be taken.

Of course, part of my hesistance is I don’t want to be told to be more specific. I don’t know why I’m so hesitant to go about improving something. On some level my brain must interpret it as rejection, which I can’t stand. At least nowadays that feeling doesn’t cripple me from getting it done. If I have to rewrite, fine!

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