Gather ’round the campfire, kiddies, and let me tell you a tale. It’s a scary one, so hold on to your hats and maybe even visit the bathroom real quick.
I wouldn’t want you to have a fear-based accident. Seriously. This is scary stuff I plan to share with you.
Back? Okay. Here we go.
Once upon a time, it was a dark and stormy night. Around 9:30 PM, in fact.
A young-ish woman sat with her netbook on her lap and decided it was time to come up with a new blog post since it had been, oh, four months since her last one. So she went to the WordPress sign-in screen…
…and she couldn’t remember the password. For her own blog.
Oooooooohhhh….(spooky music and scary sounds).
Yes. That just happened. Consider my head hung in shame.
But then I remembered it and signed in and here I am. I’m chalking up this lapse to both my increased years and the fact that it had been, once again, four months since I last signed in.
Why the absence? Eh, a number of reasons, many of which I’ve explained in the past. Health, working on a book, working on side projects which I unfortunately allowed to take over my entire life for a while – to the point where I was spending entire days working on just those articles.
Talk about burnout.
But more than that, it was the “I don’t care right now” feelings which filled me and which have filled me in the past. I just didn’t want to blog.
Sure, I had things to say. I always have things to say. But by the time I sat down to get my thoughts out of my brain and onto your screens, I didn’t have the desire to share them anymore.
Have you ever felt this way? I’m betting you have.
But the difference between you and me is that you probably don’t allow these feelings to shut you down for months at a time. Whereas I, in fact, do.
I’m always talking about balance. How I strive for it, how I wish for it, how it’s one of my grandest and most elusive goals. And yet it’s the one thing I’m quickest to throw overboard when my boat gets too crowded.
Instead I throw into the raging seas that which I can’t afford to be without.
Like this outlet, my blog.
Like the friendships I’ve gained as a result of it.
Like the wisdom I’ve gained from reading blog posts I love written by bloggers I love even more.
These are the things I can’t afford to live without. And yet I’m so quick to turn my back on it all.
So I’m plugging back in. To this. To you.
And I’m praying, once again, for balance.
How do you manage it all? What do you throw overboard in times of chaos – hobbies? Sleep? Your favorite TV shows? All of the above? Tell me about it!