I am a planner at heart. Setting the course comes naturally to me. I like to think about the future and try to plan my way through the various possibilities in order to achieve the future I desire (and people wonder why I gravitate towards science fiction). This becomes much more difficult when both my body and my mind refuse to keep up with my plans.
Another challenge I face is balancing the plans I want to make with the plans I need to make. Marketer that I am, I’d much rather work on my own non-paying (at least not yet) projects than drum up more business when things are slow. The reason is simple: There’s always more work that I want to do than I can actually get done in a given day, so why not do as much of it as I can?
This would be fine except for my pesky breadwinner status. If I don’t make money, my family doesn’t eat and/or the bills don’t get paid. I hate choosing between the two, because I don’t like the consequences of either choice. The reminder calls are enough to drive me batty all by themselves, but if I turn off my ringer I could miss a call from a client.
In order to set a reasonable course for this stage of my recovery process, I have to set more reasonable goals that take my health and well-being into consideration. It’s relatively easy for me to come out and say, “I have a disability now!” After all, I’ve been advocating for disability rights for at least ten years. It’s much harder to admit that this means I can’t plan to do as much as I’d like to do, because I can’t do as much as I’d like to do.
So, I’m setting a new course. I’m slowing things down. I’m being *gasp* realistic. And, realistically speaking, making money has to come first, because I’d really like to be able to afford food and my bills all at the same time on a consistent basis. This doesn’t mean I’m not a dreamer. This doesn’t mean I’m not working on my own projects. This means that first things must come first: health, family, money, then dreams. Dreams are still on the list and, if I plan accordingly, I can manage to do all four things.
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