In This Life...
Many times through the course of an authors career we are asked what our daily life is like. Well, to be honest, mine is chaos.
Beautiful chaos. For some reason this allows the reader to feel connected to the author. But as I sat down to write my daily life, I realized just how much time I spend working.
I think we forget that we are supposed to be living while we muddle through every to-do list, marking off every task. When was the list time you took a day for yourself? Went shopping, laid in bed all day, took a soak in the tub for hours? When?
If you're anything like me you sitting there thinking really hard and coming up empty handed. Again, if you're also like me, you came up with a date you did that but can also list off every task you completed that day. It's not in my nature to sit idly. I have to be doing something. I live strictly off routine and structured lists. It's slightly pathetic, but I've grown so accustomed to it that if it is not on my list I won't do it.
But do I truly live? Do I go out and do anything for myself that has nothing to do with my work?
The answer that is no.
Constantly I am trying to beat one more deadline, researching marketing, driving myself to the point of exhaustion. I am sure much of you are the same. Let's not forget that we also have to keep our homes looking decent enough they don't call CPS on us. We also have to take care of our tiny humans, our furry babies, our spouses. The list goes on and on with our responsibilities. It has become so important to me to finish every darn thing on my plate that I become angry when I don't finish them. I'll berate myself mentally because I could have spent less time doing something else to finish my list, my other work.
Why do I do that to myself?
Maybe it's just me when I say this, but I think we need to stop and smell the roses. Not proverbially, I mean literally. Stop and look at the beautiful scenery that makes up our land, wherever you may be.
We need to take a deep breath and reconnect ourselves. We need to work, yes. We need to handle all of our responsibilities, yes. However, we can enjoy life while we do it. Many of us get so focused on the hustle we see nothing else. We're blinded by it. At times, there is nothing wrong with this. We need that hustle in our life to keep us dedicated to our goals and dreams.
But, take that time. Take that trip you've been putting off. Take the afternoon and go shopping like you've been saying you'll do for months now. One day that opportunity won't be there, then what while we do?
Life's too short to do nothing but work. To do nothing but beat the next deadline. One of the things we are taught at a young age is to love what we do. When we are constantly chasing the next big thing we lose our focus, our passion. I never want to see that.
I want to love what I do for a very long time and I hope that you do, too.
So while this is probably a bit jumbled and of course, I'm only speaking about myself, I hope you too will spend that extra time taking care of you. It's the only way to truly prosper.