I was up and out the door early today.
I was covering a 9 a.m. meeting of our local county council, and unlike many of these types of meetings, it ran long. I didn’t end up getting out there until 1230. On the bright side, though, T ended up joining me for lunch after both cleared from there.
After lunch, I stopped downtown to grab a couple groceries, and then settled into the office, completing three stories this afternoon, two based from this mornings meeting, and the third a local public interest story that I started working on yesterday.
As tired as I’m feeling at the moment, I’m feeling good. Mentally, I’m happy and grateful for the opportunity to do the work work I’m doing in my community. The work is stimulating my mind, which has also been a big help, and therapeutic in its own right.
Between the work for the paper, my fledgling photography career, school, my regular shifts at the store, and everything else I have going on right now, I know I have a lot going on in my life. I know I need to be wary as I proceed. I know if I push too hard for too long things will break.
That said, I’m getting better at finding downtime. I’m getting better at forcing myself to take the downtime. Yesterday was a good case in point. I kept my schedule light, I slept in, did some gaming, and did some school work. No pressure. That break allowed me to jump back into the fray today. Tomorrow is another light day, so I can catch up on the last couple stories I need to write, and get a start on my next unit for school. Again, no pressure.
I feel like I’m finding my stride in my life right now. I know what goes up must come down, but for the moment I’m content to ride the wave. The thing is, using the skills I have now, I’m likely going to be able to ride it further and further.
It’s been a long road getting to this point, and I definitely would not have gotten here without the support, and patience, of my family and friends. Everyday that goes by, I am grateful.