Life has gotten a little hectic lately. I’m being pulled in a lot of different directions by a lot of little projects and plans and things I’m telling myself I’m “supposed” to do. I’m getting stressed out, and at the same time, I’m getting less done in the areas that really matter.
I decided yesterday that there are four main things I care about: my family, my friends, my editing, and my writing. I need to focus on those, and even within those categories, I need to simplify as much as possible. I need to put on hold (or cut out entirely) the stuff that’s making me feel like I never have time, like I’m always behind. I need to spend time with Betsy and Evan, and I need to get back to work on Crane Girl.
Of course I still care about things like how the US is doing and how the world is doing — news about humanitarian crises like what’s happening to the Rohingya in Burma and Bangladesh, and all the ways our own president is corroding our democratic institutions. And I’m still going to stay informed. But I donate to Doctors Without Borders and the ACLU already. Instead of worrying and dissipating my energies on a hundred different things, which helps nobody, I need to focus on doing what I do best, and let them focus on doing what they do best. At least for now.
The upshot is that I need to take a break from the blog for a while. Writing these posts is fun, but it also gets to feeling like an obligation sometimes. When the sense of obligation outweighs the fun, it’s time for a change. In about four months, I’ll be back to give this thing another try.
See you in 2018, hypothetical reader! If you’re American, don’t forget to vote on November 7! Happy Halloween, happy Thanksgiving, merry Christmas, and happy New Year!