It Begins

“It’s All Good” seems like a rather out-of-touch sentiment for the current zeitgeist, so I amended it to be more appropriate.

My boss asked if I could work weekend overtime over the next few weekends. And I said yes, because I pretty much always say yes to overtime. Because I pretty much always need the money.

I knew the first quarter was going to be busy, thanks to awards season, but I wasn’t expecting to dive into overtime in the second week. This was clearly evident by the fact that my calendar already had several obligations penciled in: babysitting, a Google hangout with some bassists, and the victorious return of my weekly writer’s group. So already my weekend was shaping up to be a busy one. Now that the holidays are over, I’m eager to reconnect with all my friends. I put off a lot of socializing due to the general chaos of year-end festivities, and now I’m feeling the burden of the neglect. Suddenly the back of my mind has become a holding pattern of little flapping IOUs reminding me about the promises I made about brunches, lunches, drinks, coffees, circle-backs, reconnects, touch-bases, hang-outs, stay-ins, and everything in between.

The best/worst part is that they are all things I want to do, and look forward to eagerly. I find myself impatient with the fact that I can’t do all of them right now at once. And I’m doubly impatient with the fact that now work is horning in on my fun. And most of all I’m impatient with the fact that I simply don’t have unlimited bandwidth when it comes to socializing. As much as I want to DO ALL THE THINGS, I know that I’m going to reach a point of catastrophic burnout if I don’t pace myself.

Because, oh yes, I also have two script rewrites and a novel to write.

I might have a problem with overcommitting.

So I’m going to have to do what I do best: I’m going to have to make a list and prioritize it. I’m going to need to figure out a system.

All in all, I’m pleased to be busy. January tends to be a bland month, and if this year it abounds with opportunity then I’m eager to fill my days with as much adventure as I can. That, I think, would be a worthy start to an new year.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on January 9, 2019.

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