Writing a blog is, in itself a challenging endeavor. I’ve been at it for a few years over at The Outfield. Now, throw in Little A. The challenge just got bigger. Again, there is no amount of money, not even Powerball money, that anyone could give me to trade in my kid. However, as an individual, what about my dreams?
One thing I’ve always wanted to do is write. Over the years writing developed into a passion. As an aspiring writer, one has dreams of grandeur. Write a successful blog; get published in magazines, well I will get back to you once I finish the next great American novel.
Then, along came Little A. I sat and thought will I have time to pursue my writing? I won’t say its easy, because it’s not, but what would I be teaching Little A? If I didn’t pursue this, I would be giving up on something that is important to me. That is not a lesson I want to teach my child. I’m a firm believer in knowing your own limits. Sometimes, however, you just need to go for it.
With all that, my advice to other aspiring writers out there who struggle to find balance between work, family, and writing is simple really: make a schedule. I’ve learned to write quick blog posts right after work. More in-depth posts take a little more time. If you are writing a book, set a schedule for yourself. Ask yourself how much time can you spare on a daily basis? 20 minutes? 30 minutes? An hour? Whatever amount of time you can contribute, do it. You will be glad you did.
Following your passions is part of life. Pursuing your dreams will ultimately make you happier. Your happiness has a direct impact on the well-being of your kids. So why not just go for it?
- The Link between Reading and Writing (patwoodblogging.wordpress.com)