The other day, I was talking with some new acquaintances about the different aspects of my professional life. There is the Educator Part and the Writer Part.
Their comments were along the lines of, "When do you have time to write? Especially a novel?"
The answer is both simple and hard.
The simple part is that we all have those things we do that keep us whole. Sometimes those things are social, sometimes artistic, sometimes restful, sometimes athletic....you get the idea.
The hard part is the realization that you can't do all of them all of the time.
I am making peace with the fact that I will not write quick novels because often, after a full day of teaching, I manage only a page a day, and am usually very grateful for that meager page. That page helps to balance me. That page keeps me whole.
And sometimes I am so incredibly jealous of writers who have the luxury of writing full time. (Notice how I phrased that? Written by someone dripping with envy.....) But then I have to admit that the teaching part of my life, the part of me that works side by side with kids as we try and figure out this thing called Knowledge, this thing called Meaning, this thing called Life, keeps me balanced as well. My work with children keeps me whole.
I suppose it's a bit of a Yin and Yang thing.
And instead of being overwhelmed by it and by the lack of time to do everything that I dream of , I am deciding to embrace it. I am lucky to have stumbled into those things that keep me sane and alive.
What keeps you whole? What feeds your soul?