Ironically, I’m probably doing this week-long topic at a time when I’m toiling away at a project. My hope is that my calculations are correct (they never are) and this is the week between the personal project and Ichabod Brooks stories. Keep in mind that I’m writing this up in January in order to give myself a bigger February cushion. No idea what I’m going to post in April, but I’ll burn that bridge when I come to it.
Finding time for a break seems to be a harder job than any career out there. You toil away at whatever you’re doing in the hopes of getting some rest on the weekend or in the evening. Sadly, many of us reach this point when we’re too tired to enjoy it to its fullest or accept sleep as the break. Humans are strange this way. We spend 25% of our lives learning information (most of which we have no use for), the next 50% working hard at a job we might not have dreamed of, and the last 25% with plenty of free time that we might not be able to enjoy. Age and mileage build up after all. This is why breaks throughout life are really important. Just so, so elusive.
My breaks are always strange. I’ll choose a DVD set to watch and toss it in. Working my way through Seasons 1-10 of Supernatural right now. Got through the first 6 before I had to get back to work, so I’m watching 7 if I’m free. I don’t feel as rushed to get my biking done, which is good. More thank likely, I’ll grab a notebook and do some low stress character creating. My mind will always slip back to future projects and worrying about time being of the essence. Especially with another Legends of Windemere book coming down the pipeline. I should probably edit the 14th, but that can come after Ichabod and I probably need to find some beta readers for that. Doesn’t help that an idle author is a universal signal for those around him/her to give them chores, errands, tasks, etc.
As you can see, the body might be resting while the brain keeps trying to push. That makes me wonder about grabbing even a small break. Is it possible that the way some of us work puts our bodies and minds out of synch? I rest my body, but I can’t do the same to my mind. The two aren’t on the same wavelength. Frustration sets in as I try to work, but the fingers stumble and the brain is already far ahead. Still, every little nap and snooze helps keep me going. It’s a long road we take through life and not many have the luxury of floating along with the current all the time.
So, what do you do when you take a break from things?