I was initiated into my sorority on March 23rd 2005. After I got my letters I hit the ground running and why not? I was a neo. On top of that my chapter had been off campus for several years, reactivating with our line. We had a legacy to live up to and much to prove. You couldn’t find a woman who loved her organization more than I did.
Since then I’ve transitioned through two graduate chapters, remaining fully active both financially and physically. I’ve lost count of the fundraisers, events, and community service I’ve initiated and/or chaired and I’ve only missed one regional conference, often attending as the chapter delegate. As an undergraduate I’ve served as the chapter secretary, historian, and community service coordinator. As a graduate I’ve continued on to serve as historian and community service coordinator but have also added sergeant-at-arms, youth group advisor, treasurer, financial secretary, parliamentarian, and area coordinator to my sorority resume. All of this and I’ve only just celebrated my six-year anniversary as a member of my organization.
I am burned out.
For the first time since I became a member of my sorority I am seriously considering going inactive. Laying down all of my responsibilities and refocusing my attention on other things such as my goals and other projects. I’m tired and ready to pass the torch. I want someone else to pick it up and run with it.
It’s a difficult thing for me to consider. For one, many of my chapter’s events and community service projects were started by me. They are my pets and I’m extremely reluctant to give them up. Also I’m one of those people who is 100% dedicated to everything I commit myself to. I’m an all or nothing type of person, there is no such thing as a middle ground. But operating in that way all the time with every commitment is draining. You will crash and burn eventually, as I feel myself doing so now.
I’ve never been that member that just paid dues and attended events
when they felt like it but maybe it’s time to start. I don’t necessarily see it as giving up or even taking a break. It’s more me providing the opportunity for my younger sorors to step into a leadership role and pick up where I leave off.