Yes I'm ranting about life. I'm a writer, what about you? So what do you do when life hits you like a ton of bricks, over and over again? I'm literally ranting today and would love comments/feedback. I'm not blogging to give out any great and wonderful words of wisdom, I'm asking for reader participation and what you do when catastrophic life events happen. They say things come in threes. But what about when they come in sixes or nines or twelves? Or just keep on coming to bury you.
Do you pull yourself up and dust yourself off and plunge forward? Over and over again?
That sounds like a good idea. But does there ever come a time when you just throw up your hands and let the life spoilers win?
Wouldn't it be wonderful, if you woke up every morning and had a routine. Say, ran on the treadmill 20 minutes, had breakfast, read the paper, and then hunkered down in front of the computer to work until your allotted pages are finished. Then play the rest of your day. All without any kind of interruption from family or friends, or life in general.
Why can't this happen? Because life is messy! It's full of monsters that jump out at you and eat at your time. There's kids that need to go to sports, school, the doctor, or the dentist. Or you have to go to the store, to the dentist or the doctor. And those are the everyday, normal interruptions, everyone deals with those. But what about life changing events? A death in the family or a life threatening/fatal illness of a friend. After that good old hubby being laid off, so you have to go back to your day job.
Is that enough for you?
I'm not done, even the dumb appliances are out to take up your time. They break down, then you have to call for repair or shop for something new. Your roof leaks, pipes freeze or the old tree has a limb hanging over the car in the drive way and it breaks, then what? Insurance claims, possible injury, you know if someone is in the car.
Okay, maybe I've over dramatized a bit. I can attest that all of these can and do happen, and it always seems to come at you all at once. Everyone can and does handle all of the above at one time or another. But in the same year? So I ask again. If you have a run of bad luck, or bad life whatever you want to call it, what do you do? With me the writing is the first to go. I bet it would be the same for you, unless you have a book contract deadline, even they chance are you're going to miss that deadline.
When does it ever end? And how are you supposed to find time to write, and make a career out of it? You know, once the dust settles, can it be done? Dealing with all these life events, you've stepped away from you career, how difficult would it be for you to step back into your career?
I know a lot of people out there would say; "Take it one day at a time." That sounds too simple. But is it? If you forget what happened yesterday, and do not worry about what may or may not happen tomorrow, and just focus on the moment. The first hour of the day and write. Then the next hour, and write. Until you are through the day. Then start again the next day.
Can recovery for life's monsters be that simple?