As soon as I finish this semester's work, I'm taking a year off. People keep asking me what I plan to spend it on, and it's been hard to answer. This is the answer: Learn to take care of myself.
Here's the longer answer:
Pick a reasonable standard of cleanliness and organization, and implement it (no more feeling guilty when my house is dirty and when I spend time cleaning it)
Make good decisions about what to own--includes culling accumulated junk and old files, as well as careful budgeting
Get in the habit of maintaining the things I own, in very good repair
Keep working on good financial habits
Work on certifications (at work) or other projects for long term financial independence
Develop better work habits for personal projects
Focus on taking really, really, really, really good care of my back
Learn enough compromise, body awareness, and ability to ask for help to keep up with basic life stuff without further injuring myself
Get in the habit of keeping up on medical care, including the small stuff
Learn food skills--cooking, rotating food, gardening, planning
Get PTSD under control. . . maybe the depression too. . .
Come to some terms with fear and happiness and whatever else seems urgently important, emotionally
Deal with the emotional stuff that has to get out of the way before I can fix disordered eating
Develop the network and skills to have a really rich, diverse, and satisfying social life
Become more emotionally independent (or, less dependent on social contact to "feel better"/escape)
Study only what I want to study
Try to enjoy life (?)
this last one is hard.
It's especially complicated to summarize when you're trying to explain why you aren't doing what (I guess?) people are supposed to do these days--pack their schedules very very full, and let all of this "taking care of yourself" stuff just happen. Some of this I don't know how to do, or I have bad habits about, because my parents taught me more about Fermat's last theorem than how to take care of a body or a house. A lot of it, I feel I don't deserve. This is a common trauma related thing, I hear--I guess I'll add another list item: get rid of unnecessary guilt.
I'm not going to go to school, volunteer, do political work, or commit myself to academic projects for other people. I'm just going to learn to take care of myself--for myself. For a time.