Today is May 1st, 2020. Although we are not at the mid-point of the year, we are pretty close. And this makes me wonder week after week after it flies by: Where did the year go?
Where Did The Year Go: To Work It Did
I spent a good deal of time at work this year, and I very busy due to the vast amount of upgrades and changes. Because of that, I would find myself on Thursday morning wondering what happened to the previous days. I remembered working them, yet those 8 hours flew by so fast.
Yet, I didn’t work much overtime so far this year. I made myself not work overtime or late unless it was critical to my employer. This way I had more time to myself and work on my writing. So far this arrangement is working out quite well, but I’m not sure how long I can continue it. My employer has some major projects starting in late June and that should last till August. As a result, I may have to work overtime.
Now I am not complaining about working, as millions of Americans are still unemployed at the moment. However, when I hear people gripe about how slow the week progresses because they are home due to the shelter-in-place order, I can’t relate. Under those circumstances, I can see their point.
Where Did The Year Go: To My Writing
Writing fiction or non-fiction, a novel or a novella, blog posts or tweets, takes much time. And even after you spend a great amount of time writing, you have to edit it. As a result, you can negate minutes or even hours of writing very quickly during the writing process.
So when I wonder where did the year go, I look at the various ebooks I’ve written, and this website. Although I have quite a few pieces available for download and/or purchases, that doesn’t mean I’m a fast writer. No, I spend hours throughout the week writing. Add a couple of more hours for research. Oh, and the hours for editing too!
Which is why 2020 flew by for me. I do a great deal of my writing on the weekends, and can find myself looking at the clock only to see it’s late in the afternoon. I make myself run errands before I start writing or doing research so I don’t forget to do them. Regardless, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How I Keep Myself In The Moment
As an adult, we are always looking to the future:
- Future payday
- Upcoming appointment
- Project due date
Because of this, it’s very easy to lose yourself within the passage of time. However, I make myself live in the moment (or the present). How so? By doing nothing in nature.
I like to go to the park and walk around, soak up the sun, look the plants and the bugs going about their day, and not focus on anything. Just to sit down and take in everything around me. That’s when I feel time is moving at a regular pace.
Doing this feels great because I’m enjoying life. I’m not rushing off to an errand, or waiting for an appointment. We should all take the time to sit outside and do nothing for a bit.
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