The problem is that I miscalculated, and took on too much. The leak was proof of that. I need to leave some wiggle room in my life/schedule to deal with the unexpected so I don’t “lose it” like I did last weekend. I was trying to do too much. As much as I don’t like to claim that my age is restricting me, the truth is that I’m not in my 20’s anymore, and I need to act accordingly. My job is more complex now than it was then. My writing is published now, which means I have to add promotion and reaching out to readers to that, which I didn’t have to do back then when I was just getting started. I have a bigger house and two more birds to take care of. And because of all of this, diet and exercise are more of an issue now than they were then. It’s not really an age thing; more of a complexity of life thing. And life is more complex in your 40’s than it was in those college and early career days.
The point is that I can do a lot if I push myself, but it’s not good for me. I need to re-evaluate what balance means in my life. I haven’t tested it in a long time, and this is a good opportunity to ponder it and take wisdom from these past two months.
So I shall, but I’ll take a break first. I fully intend to get back into book promotion, and my next writing goal is to work on short stories and devotionals. I’ve made this goal several times before, but always fell away because I got distracted by a novel I wanted to write. After the past couple of months and having 4 in progress now, I don’t believe that will be a problem this time! I also want to get back to working on that rose cross stitch. And I will – next week. Right now, I need a break to take stock, rest up, and find direction in these efforts. So if you’re looking for me and it’s not work or church time, then I’m probably crashed out in the recliner behind my Kindle or the TV, or sleeping.
I need some time to rejuvenate and pick myself back up. Better to do it voluntarily than to have an illness or injury knock me off my feet and force it, which I’ve had happen and it’s not pleasant. In fact, the knee injury last week was enough of a warning sign to motivate me to wrap up my personal projects and take a break. Thankfully, that was minor, and I get it. No need to test it and make it worse. I feel the burnout, I get the point, and I’ll cooperate by addressing it now. I’ve already crashed. No need to burn, too.
Live and learn, and it is a lifelong process. That’s alright. It happens to us all, and I know many of you are probably in this boat with me.
That’s all today. Take care. Have a Happy Friday tomorrow and a wonderful weekend.