By: Amanda Gochez
This week’s blog is a little different. I hoping to appeal to those people who run on five cups of coffee to make it throughout the day. I don’t know about some of you, but these past few weeks have been exhausting! Lately I’ve been getting to the point where I want to come home from work and just sleep-for days! When you are mentally exhausted, it is hard to think about all the things that still have to be done. Then, when you finally get around to getting these things done, they aren’t as good as they could be because there is a part of you that just wants to get it over with. You just want to be done. You want to be able to sit back and relax, maybe have that glass a wine from that bottle of merlot you bought five weeks ago, turn on your favorite show, and call it a night. Sometimes a night of nothing, is everything.
Personally, I love my life. I wouldn’t change anything about my day-to-day. It is wonderful. I have a job, a wonderful stepson, a great husband, I go to school, am pursuing my dream every single day by this amazing opportunity UrbanEdge decided to give me, and I still find time to write somehow. How? There is this time I use, when everyone else is asleep, like right now. It’s peaceful when all you hear are your fingers typing at two a.m. Is it exhausting? Girl… yes!
I know I am not the only one that experiences this type of exhaustion. The kind where you look at something and say, “Eh, it’s good enough.” But, is it? Could it be better? If you weren’t so tired past the point of caring, could it be amazing? Yes.
To make dreams come true, you have to push. The story isn’t going to write itself. The story isn’t going to proofread itself, edit itself, submit itself. But you can’t stop putting how much you care about writing into your novel, blog, essay, journal, short story, or research paper, because you are exhausted. Here is what I have learned the past two weeks when it comes to writing while exhausted:
- Take a day for yourself-You have to recharge. When you are getting to the point of exhaustion, your body is telling you something-listen to it.
- Write ideas for your novel throughout the day- maybe the day you take off to recharge is actually just a day where you can sleep in and give yourself time to type out those ideas.
- Have another glass of wine- Just do it.
- Don’t ever stop caring about everything you are doing to make your life better- You started doing it for a reason. If everything ends up being subpar, have you really made your life better?
I can hear you now though, “But Amanda, so much needs to be done!” Yes, yes, I hear you. I get it. I understand completely. I have those things too. But manage your time better, not everything has to be crammed in.
Make a life a little less tired, pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read, pour that merlot, and just…be. Because if you don’t, everything you are doing to make your life better will just become a burden, and that is just time wasted.