When Life Gets In The Way
You may have wondered why I disappeared for a few weeks, and I can assure you that you’re not the only ones. A few weeks ago, I was offered a new job– it’s a tremendous opportunity, working for a company I have already come to adore and with people who I’m happy to see every day. It’s been wonderful.
It’s also thrown a huge monkey wrench into the plans I’d made for the last months of this year. Everything I thought we’d be doing was thrown out the window, since this job is an hour and a half away from where we live (on a good day, when the stars align and there is no traffic.) Normally, it’s two hours. Which means we’ll be moving. It means a temporary situation until we move that is half commuting, half staying near the job, and all-the-way time consuming until we get our ducks in a row…then move…then… So yes. Hear that laughter? Those are the three Ms. Fates laughing at my attempt to plan the end of my year.
It also meant putting a few other things aside while the priorities became clear and upfront: family and the work. And let’s face it, we’ve all been in those situations. As writers who have lives, families, jobs, and a lot of other priorities that feed into your daily schedule, it’s a constant juggling act to make sure it all fits. Sometimes you have to make choices, and sometimes you have to let things go. So I made a few choices in the last week, because I had to chose.
So have you ever gotten to that point in life where the writer in you raises a hand, waves it in the air to get your diverted attention and say, Hello, what about me? Yup. Or your muse starts throwing tantrums and threatens to leave you for the untapped market in the seven year old down the street? (sorry, Fred.)
I’m here to tell you that sometimes, it’s okay to say, Be patient. Or maybe even send your muse to chat with the seven year old for a few weeks. It’s okay to make the choices you have to make. It doesn’t make you less of a writer, it doesn’t make you less focused or dedicated to what you love.
The next few months ahead of me are exciting times – exciting work, exciting adventures for my family and I know that when life calms down a bit, my writing will still be there. My love and passion is just waiting to be let loose again. And in the meantime, I’ll be here, sharing a slightly different side of a writer’s life.
So when was the last time you had to take a sharp detour?