By Carolyn Cook, Guest Blogger.
I’m pondering another life change. I don’t know if it counts as a risk, but I think any change is inherently risky, so here goes:
I’m thinking about closing in. Cutting back. Focusing. Minimizing. Simplifying for a while.
If you know me, you know this is a ridiculous idea. I can’t resist opportunities for adventure, artistic growth, and discovery. Give me a challenge, and I’m out the door like a shot. So it would be really, really hard for me to do what I’m talking about.
Specifically, I’m talking about creating a daily routine where the paperwork and the housework and the prep work for my classes actually gets done, every day. (Oh dear, I’m already terrified.) I’m talking about planning meals and keeping healthy food in the fridge and getting regular exercise.
I actually have time to do this. For once in my life, I have just enough work to do outside the home, and I don’t want to take on any more. I have time to see my mother, talk with my husband and daughter, cook dinner, and keep up with paperwork, while still pursuing an interesting career. I even have time to study voice again.
Yet I find myself putting off going to grocery store, letting my mom’s papers pile up, procrastinating, and of course, feeling stressed. It’s natural. My husband and I have a favorite quote, which I believe is from Life 101: “If your game is too small, you’ll screw up your game just to give yourself something to do.” Oh, the drama.
What if I mustered the courage, the discipline, not to screw up this little game of mine? What if I developed the discipline to meet deadlines, take care of my health, create interesting classes for my students, and practice my music? I know I can do it; I only risk giving up the thrill of running on adrenalin when I get behind. And the potential reward is so great: a sense of purpose, a sense of accomplishment, a sense of being true to myself.
Maybe being true to myself is the biggest risk of all. What do you think?
This post originally appeared on my RiskADay blog.
Carolyn Cook is a sometimes peaceful, sometimes frazzled individual who works to raise a daughter, build a marriage, and explore the human condition through theatre, art, music, history, literature, and relationship.