Wednesday October 28, 2015 The Day I Chose Writing for Survival
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Work boundaries are tough, yo. I don't know how the Japanese survive having an even stricter work culture than Americans but I guess the answer is that they don't.
Well, if I have to work in this country with these busy standards and burn-out norms, I am going to do it on my terms! I am joining NaNoWriMo and keeping up my gym streak (*cough* streak that I broke yesterday *cough*)
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, for cutesies) is an international dare to create a short novel in a month. I think it is about 35,000 words. It is not supposed to be good or even make sense, it is supposed to make you write every day. To live for writing. To write things you are normally too self-conscious try.
I am gonna do that. And I am gonna keep going to the gym 5x a week. I missed a day last week and missed yesterday, but I have been sickening myself from work. So when I go to the gym today it has to be with an acute awareness of my body's needs and ability. I am not making up the day. I won't be haunted.
If I am putting energy into writing and gymming, I will be forced to enact strict boundaries at work. Can't work late if I need to get in a run and write 1300 more words. Gotta take an hour lunch if that one scene is just begging to get written down.
Work is work. It is great and meaningful and gives me the money to live a life I want, but it is a small portion of my life and identity. It will not take me over.