By: Megan Minutillo, Guest Blogger
I'm bad at the whole work/life balance thing.
Like....really, really bad.
As some dear friends and family would say, I fall down the rabbit hole. I get swept up in the writing, in rehearsal, in teaching - I get swept up in it all.
And I suppose that's easy to do when you love what you do, cause when you love what you do, it's easy for work to not feel like...work.
Honestly, it just feels like life. But here's the thing that I'm learning: it's not life. It's not life at all.
No, life is those moments when you step away from the desk and throw caution to the wind and find time to stare those people that you love in the eye and share a laugh. A hug. A meal.
I had a moment like that a couple of weeks ago.
I left my work. And went to go see one of my best friends in a show that he was in.
And then we went and had some of the best BBQ I'd ever tasted.
And then we decided to visit the cutest ice cream shop I'd ever laid eyes on.
And then at one point, someone decided that it would be a good idea to go to the beach. It was midnight. It was summer. And hey, we had a bottle of champagne -- it all made perfect sense.
Perhaps the pearl of wisdom I'm trying to impart is thus -
Sometimes, you need to step away from the work. Sometimes, you need to go have BBQ and ice cream and forget about the calories. Sometimes, you have to go to the beach at midnight and lie on your back as you count the shooting stars and listen to the thoughts and the heartbeats of those you hold dear...and remind yourself that we're just a speck of glitter in this great big works, and we should leave this place better than when we found it. Sometimes, you need to check into the pulse of people around you and remind yourself that work is not life, and that love, love is what makes the world go round. Love, well, that's what gives the stars their sparkle.
We can all be better putting as much energy into life as we do into work, school, or career.
Calendar (literally) in at least 30 minutes a day (more if you can) to shift focus from work to life. Don't be afraid to heed the call to take off, check out, and have fun without feeling guilty or anxious. You deserve it, but more than that, you NEED it!
Megan Minutillo is a playwright, director, and founder of the arts and education site, The Write Teacher(s). Her articles have appeared in HelloGiggles, So Worth Loving, I Am the Modern Career Girl, and Glass Heel. She is currently at work adapting her show, Ghosts in My Vodka, into a musical.