Why does life
have to get in the way? There are so many people stuck in ruts because our
reality doesn’t always make it easy to do what we want.
I’m talking on a
personal level right now, as I’m working like crazy at summer camp right now,
which is a lot of fun, but doesn’t always leave room for everything else. My
to-do list is ridiculous, I haven’t finished my coursework due in September,
there are friends I haven’t seen in months and I’ve had to set aside some days
off for family commitments. But somehow, between all of this, I’m desperate to
keep writing. My usual blog schedule has already been disrupted – this is going
up a day late – as I don’t want to forsake the quality of my posts just to get
something up on time, but without a regular schedule I get lazy about it.
I’ve also been
struggling for inspiration, as my life has taken on a very predictable routine.
I know life can’t be an amazing adventure every single day, but I can usually
find somehow to spark my imagination often enough. But lately, while reality
isn’t boring – how can it be when working with kids? – but whenever I try to
write, or even just plan some blog posts, I struggle for ideas. This was how my
“Musically Inspired” series came about, but I want to keep things fresh and not
use that too often.
It’s a shame that
real life constricts us in this way. I think I’m pretty lucky in a lot of ways,
but life can still be frustrating at times. We have to prioritise, and more
often than not, the things we enjoy fall by the wayside, as we need to work in
order to survive. Deadline and late shifts fill up all our time, or leave us so
exhausted that we can’t bring ourselves to do anything afterwards. This is why
the people who make a living doing what they love are the luckiest, as they get
the best of both worlds. University usually leaves me with plenty of free time
for things like blogging, but I dread to think about what I’ll do after
graduation next year. I only have vague notions about the areas I’d like to
work in, but the job market here is so difficult that I don’t want to get my
hopes up too high. And then there’s the strong possibility of whatever I do
eating up all the spare time I currently have.
It would be
wonderful if everyone could do what they love, without the rest of the world
getting in the way. Sadly, life doesn’t work like that, which is harsh but
true. We simply have to make the best out of what we have and find pleasure in
whatever we can. Occasionally, like right now, inspiration hits me at unusual
hours, but I always make the most of it while it lasts. I thought I’d be a blog
post short this week, but I’ve ended up writing about my frustration at this
very possibility, therefore avoiding it! I hope this wasn’t too scatter-brained
or rambling for anyone though, as I’m exhausted right now!
Any suggestions for
how to keep up with the things you love when life tries to get in the way? Or
suggestions for future blog posts, or ways for me to get inspired?