Somehow within the last year I lost touch with one of the past times I had come to enjoy so much since beginning this blog two years ago. I am not certain exactly how it happened. Perhaps like most hobbies my interests began to be redirected elsewhere in my life, but over the last few months I have had the urge to get back and devote some time to continue writing on this blog. I kept reminding myself to check back in, to carve out some uninterrupted time, to rekindle my enjoyment by writing down my thoughts. But, unfortunately as human nature often allows, I made an excuse or simply put off finding the time.
Time. Sometimes it seems like there just isn’t enough of it.
I hear myself saying these things in my mind. “If I only had more time to… or “If I could just get one more hour to….” No matter what it is that fills in the blank for you it sometimes feels like there just isn’t enough time.
There simply seems not to be enough time in the days, the weeks, the months to get everything done. At least it seems to feel more and more like that for me recently. That feeling is very daunting, and to be honest a little terrifying. I want to always have enough time to enjoy the pursuits of my happiness outside of work. Which is why I’m going to try to make the time to rekindle the joys that brought me to begin writing on this blog in the first place. I remember how excited I was when I first began sharing my thoughts from my classroom onto this blog. I felt energized to connect my classroom experiences to a larger audience (albeit a small one). I felt that reflecting on my teaching practices made me be a better educator. Perhaps even a better person knowing that I had found the time to dedicate myself to an activity that made me feel fulfilled.
I agree with you wholeheartedly. The very concept of time itself is terrifying. I think we all wish we could have more of it. We all feel like we have that proverbial piano hanging over our heads. But I think what’s even more important is how we utilise the time we do have. We, as a society, tend to put more emphasis and more energy into things that, although mandatory for our overall survival and well-being, don’t necessarily bring about total satisfaction and fulfillment. We all need to devote most of our time to working jobs so that we can have enough money and a means to live. However, most of us forget the part about actually “living.” We become so consumed with the necessities, that we lose sight of the niceties. Hobbies are extremely important to have and maintain. They’re a departure from the everyday monotony and stresses of trying to eek out a living. What good is making a decent living if it leaves us no time to enjoy life? It’s imperative to make time for those departures. We all need a muse. Something that makes us tick. I believe that properly utilizing the time we are given, in a way that truly makes us feel happy and fulfilled, is the key to success in every aspect of our lives. I’m sure everyone believes that. It’s finding that balance between what we need to do and what we want to do that takes the most effort. And though it can seem paradoxical, we should never be forced to choose between one or the other. I’m very happy that you’ve reacquainted yourself with your hobby and are utilizing that time to embrace it. Keep it going!