Posted by: Gwendolyn Huber | March 7, 2018

Can You Really Do It All?

Can you really do it all?
This question has worried me since an early writing teacher stated that she’d given up music because “you can’t do it all”. Over the years my natural tendency was to answer that with an emphatic “yes I can” and I’ve juggled things so that I’ve never had to say “I’ve quit.”
Of course, when you’re trying to do it all you do have to set priorities. Which things are most important? And some things are not going to get the attention they deserve. That’s the price you pay. And the grief of not giving something 100 percent is a deep wound.
This is my reasoning for trying to do it all:
1.The Newtonian law of physics, “Objects that are in motion tend to stay in motion.”
2. As long as I’m paying attention to something, as long as it’s (at the very least) in my thoughts every day, I’m learning about it. A Thursday’s child, such as I, with a long way to go, might as well get started now.
Yes, there’s some self justification going on here. I’ve recently had a conversation with another writer on the theme of, “if I can find time to write regularly, then you can” and he may be right, but darned if I can figure out how to do as well as I’d like to right now.
Until I figure that out, I’ll be limping along, trying to do it all.

 

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