Friday, July 15, 2016

"How do you write like tomorrow won't arrive?"

How do you write like you need it to survive?
How do you write ev’ry second you’re alive? 

I enjoy writing.  Since I'm a delay-of-gratification kind of person, I push my writing until after I'm done with my day-to-day chores like loading the dishwasher and getting a haircut so that I don't look so scruffy for my cousin's wedding this weekend.

But then I run out of time.  And my posts move from daily to weekly, then once a month is lucky.

I have to learn to be more selfish.

The lyrics above are from Hamilton the Musical.  I have been inspired by the song Non-Stop.  Specifically Hamilton's drive to put everything else aside except his learning and writing.  Writing is as important as food and water.

Learning new professional skills and approaches and then synthesizing them through writing is important to me.  It is more important to me than getting enough sleep every single night, getting to work on time every single day, being caught up on laundry.  So my allocation of time needs to reflect learning & writing as a priority, as a basic need like breathing.   I have to have faith that feeding this passion will reflect in my work and in all my other responsibilities. 

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