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I’ve been inconsistent with writing blog posts in the last couple months because the combination of a pandemic and a divorce and hybrid school for two kids and homeschool for two kids means something has to give.
And that’s been the blog posts, mostly.
We often say we want to strive for work/life balance or whatever the things are in our lives that we want to balance, but ultimately, there is no balance, especially when something new is added into the mix.
You may be able to have it all.
But you can’t have it all at the same time.
Balance isn’t really a noun.
It’s not something you can truly achieve.
Even if you are on a seesaw with someone else or your are standing on a balance beam, you never achieve total static balance.
Balance is really a verb.
We are constantly in the act of attempting to balance things, but one end of the seesaw is always higher than the other.
And when it’s super high on one end, there is stuff suffering at the other end.
When both sides are even, you are not giving 100% to either side.
The one thing I won’t allow to let go of is exercise.
That is a constant that stays in my life because it helps keep my brain clear and functioning.
Anyway, I made a commitment to get back to writing daily blog posts three days ago.
I declared that I was going to write one post every day in October.
Here we are on October 3rd, and the specifics don’t matter but I haven’t gotten to writing the blog post until just now. 8:30 on a Saturday night.
I’m not failing already.
But my kids are also waiting to watch a movie with me.
So here is where imbalance comes in again.
I’m writing a quick post and not the one I wanted to write because I really want to be sitting on the couch with my kids.
Sometimes you have to let some things slide so you can focus on other things.
So I’m still committed to writing a post a day.
This post just reminds me that if I want to stay committed to taking care of my body and writing blog posts (which contribute to my income) and being present with my kids, either something has to go or something is gonna get done, but not to the best of my ability.
That’s just how it goes.
Sometimes you give as much as you can — but not your best — to multiple areas of your life.
Other times you are intentionally imbalanced, giving 90% of your focus and energy to one thing, knowing that other areas of your life are going to miss out for a little while.
Creating balance in your life is tough.
And while it’s a good thing to be aware of, it isn’t something you ever truly achieve.
(But I got 3 blog posts written in 3 days, so I’m still on track. Off to watch a movie with the kids!)