Take Time For You

One day I got really irritable with myself because I spent the majority on a forum based roleplay rather than get any "actual" writing done. I told myself I had wasted the day doing nothing.

But as I got to thinking about it, I thought how much time do we waste going places we don't really want to or working jobs we really don't enjoy? How much time do we spend in a crowded room when we feel alone? How much time do I need to spend doing things to actually be productive?

I have always been the type of person that strives to do as much as she is able. I keep pushing myself to go forward. I probably push a little too hard sometimes if truth be told. It is good to get things done and to feel accomplished but sometimes the mind much like the body needs rest in order to heal.

So I think spending time doing things we love isn't really time wasted. Sometimes we need to have some mindless fun just to process everything that's going on. Jobs and relationships can be full of stress sometimes, sometimes we just need a moment that is ours and ours alone and sometimes that may last an entire day. That's okay.

Being productive is more than just constantly churning out new materials. Sometimes it's taking a step back and knowing when the mind and body need rest. Sometimes it is taking time out for you so that you can go harder the next day and actually achieve more than you would have had you slogged through something your heart really wasn't in to begin with. 

Sometimes taking a step back, taking a step away, taking some time away is actually more beneficial. In this case, I don't think we should consider it time wasted; I think it should be considered time well spent. When your heart and mind can heal and become happier - when you do return to the task at hand I think you can progress better on a project that you may not have been able to do otherwise.

Meadville, PA, USA. Linda M. Crate's works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. Her latest are her novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018) and her forthcoming poetry collection More Than Bone Music (Clare Songsbirds Publishing House, 2019).