The theme of this piece is targeted towards those, who, like me, have a plate so full it’s overflowing at the edges. You feel creative on the inside, yearning to write or create, but at the end of the day you’re just so exhausted, even your dreams can’t compel you to pen words on paper.
I’m at odds this month with how I feel about the last 30 days. It’s been somewhat of a wild rollercoaster of sorts between sick kids, embracing the soccer/dancing family vibe with after school activities, an epic month as far as my day job is concerned which has me pulled in so, so, so many directions, and, the desire to write almost daily for the blog being let down as I find myself, amongst the wild daily grind, to even get to it weekly or fortnightly right now.
But we need to get moving. One word at a time.
If, like me, you’re a writer that is struggling to juggle the desire to juice your creative fruits with the relentless battle of needing to crash your head on a pillow when you finally sit down at 10pm of a night after a long day, listen up.
I’ve had to come to terms with this short, cliche statement more than I’d like. Often I look back over the last 15 years and wonder what I did with all the time I had as a younger teen and early adult. I spent so much time studying in my youth but, in hindsight I still had time to do things I could only dream about now if I had a full time baby sitter, buttler, cook and landscaper. But life is not as such.
When I can’t get to what I want I immediately cast my mind to the long term. Let me explain. Life is, contrary to how we feel, quite long. We will get to do a lot by the end of it. But being hard on ourselves in the short term doesn’t play nice to our emotional well being. Being delayed by a day, a week, a month or even a year might be just what you need to get a grip on the now. Be ok with that. Recognising that life is long will put things into perspective.
Start small. Build from there.
Rather than tell you “it’s been a while” and then start another post, I’m being vulnerable and honest about why I’m on the blogging missing persons list. It’s because, like you, I get busy too. So a small amount of writing or creating might be just what you need to do in order to jump start the 12V and get the motor going. Pen a poem, an idea, a story or tell people honestly what’s up. We can all relate.
And that’s that, be nice to yourself and remember you’re human. So am I.