Friday, July 20, 2007

Balancing act

Last night Micaela came over to talk with me as I was having a rough sort of night. I've been working a lot, as is the case during the summer campaign season, and also feeling kind of lonely. Seems like I've gotten out of practice with asking people to be there for me. Or rather, with asking more than a small selection of people to be there for me.

Micaela & Steve: probably the most "Kodak moment" moment we've had.
We were writing a song about the Holy Trinity--no joke, we're in a band!

I told her about the calm I felt post-vacation and how I've been trying to carry it with me since coming back into the grind. She said she thought a lot of it started with canceling out the chaos around you, and we both agreed that our physical environments have a lot to do with it.

Somehow I thought I'd be more settled in at the house. I never thought the dishes would always been done or the bathroom sink clean but I did think that I'd have pictures on the wall and a relatively clean bedroom and all boxes emptied by now. Not the case, not even close!

I'm so tired at the end of the day. Last night I thought I could use my little ball of energy to clean out my office after I read the last two chapters of my book but by the time I read the last few words, I was too whipped.

I'm not asking for advice per se, just admitting that I'm still adjusting to a life that is not, well, college. Even years later I'm still hoping for a chance to get it all done and probably romanticizing the hell out of the past. It's all about balance and if you've got any pointers, hit me.


Jill said...

I know all about being too tired to do anything when getting home from work. It stinks. All day long I'll think, "When I get home I'm going to do this, this and this..." When I get home, I'm just too beat to do much at all.

In my experience, a house is *never* done... And all the cool projects I always want to do never get done until right before I'm ready to sell the house and move :(

My advice: Pretend you're going to move and you want to make the house look as nice as you can so that you can make as much $$ as you can. Then you can sit back and relax :)

Bijou said...

Hey Whit,

I think what you said about finishing the last few chapters of your book instead of cleaning your office first, shows you are already on the right track. Making time to do what you love to do is so important. Of course, this is coming from someone whose house is usually only just barely presentable (and sometimes far from it).

Also...SUNSHINE...always make time for sunshine!

Love ya cuz.

Mary said...

Good words.