Family And Writing: How to balance family time and writing

Let’s face it.  Time is something we all wish we had more of.  Whether it is more time to go to the gym, read a book, or cook a meal.  Time slips by us and we never get around to doing the things we enjoy or know is good for us.  A big example of this is spending quality time with our family.  We are all guilty of this.  Sadly, there is no magic remedy except MAKING TIME.

We all know the importance of meeting deadlines, or the urgency of getting that second or third book out within a certain time frame.  But stop all that for a second and think.  Do you have kids?

Kids grow up so fast.  It may not seem like it when you are changing the hundredth diaper, or racing to get them to school before the late bell rings, or you are scolding them for hitting their sibling over the head with a can.  I would know I have triplets.  Been there, done that.  We have to admit that kids do many crazy things, and they participate in so many activities that it can make a person without kids not want to have kids.  But none of those precious moments last forever or are ever replicated.  Your kids will quickly grow up.  They will start attending college.  And eventually, they will move out of your home.  Then what?

What about your significant other?  Like your children, you cannot forget that special someone in your life.  This individual brings you joy.  They share in your laughter and your sorrows.  They create wonderful memories with you.  They complete you.  Remember, life has no guarantees.   A person may die, or a person may lose interest and leave.  When they are gone, then what?

So sure, work is important.  How else are the bills going to get paid?   But spending time with your family is equally as important.  Think of it.  Nothing lasts forever.  You cannot turn back time and redo past events.  When they are gone, they remain gone.  We need to break that horrid mold of a writer’s life being a lonely life.  We can have our cake and eat it too.  We just have to keep reminding ourselves that we are not alone.  There are people close to us that love to be around us for who we are.  So let us all turn off the computer for a few hours or a day and spend some time with our families.  We will feel refreshed and happier when we turn that computer back on.  Why?  Because we have just created another memorable moment with our family.

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