For my Hodgepodge readers, today's quuestions & answers are right below this new A to Z Challenge blog.
Today's A to Z Challenge letter is the letter T so I must go with the word time. When I started this challenge at the beginning of April I thought it would be a great way for me to "make time" each day to blog, and to have a purpose to blog. Some days this has been true...but most days I am finding little time to blog in the way I would like. I want to be creative, to be funny at times - to be challenged each day. I don't think it's happened.
Now, I am not a person working away from home full-time, or commuting long hours, or anything like that which would take me away from the computer. So, I have the availability of my keyboard. In fact it sits on my kitchen table all the time. It's part of my morning routine - coffee, newspaper, computer! And, I jump on and off the computer all day long, checking emails and Facebook.
So, I have to think that time has been the culprit. I think I now understand why writers need to lock themselves up in an attic office or go somewhere to devote a scheduled amount of time to the task. No interruptions, no excuses.
Here's the thing about me and time. When I do something, I do it "in a timely manner" BUT I do not rush through anything, nor do I like the feeling of being under pressure to make a time commitment. People who know me know I never wait til the last minute, nor do I arrive anywhere late if I can at all help it. "Arriving early IS arriving on time!" That's my motto. No extra stress please!
I do not like going with a change in my routine either... when someone invites me to be spontaneous it's a challenge for me. It might even be for something I really want to do and know I will enjoy!! It doesn't matter. I like patterns, and set times, and I need "time" to adjust.
You all probably thing I'm crazy about now. But, it's a thing (problem??) I have. I live by a clock. But for me it's soothing - and predictable and allows me to pace myself. So, sometimes I may not do as much as other people in a day - but I'm okay with it. I have always loved the line from a Jackson Browne song that says "wasting time is not WASTED time." I need time to read, to relax, to "be".... and I need to plan what I do in my other times.
We all have a limited amount of time on earth...but thankfully, we don't know how long it is. I try and enjoy it, before I lose it!