When I was much younger, I told one of my sister's that I wished I had time to exercise. The ridiculousness of that statement by a young teen with no responsibilities except school is not lost on me. My sister said,"You have time, it's just a matter of priority."
Well, she was right of course. And, I've been thinking a lot about priorities lately. I've been in rehearsals and tech for the past month for Superior Donuts, a great show by the way but more on that in another post. With my copious free time greatly curtailed, I had to make choices about what I wanted to accomplish each day. Obviously, blogging fell to the bottom of the list. I don't think it was just lack of time that caused me to hit the pause button on my blogging but also lack of mental energy. As a stage manager, I have to pay close attention to what's going on in the room so at the end of the day, I tend to want to veg out and not think. Oh, and have a beer.
In thinking about my priorities over the rehearsal period, I realized that working out and practicing singing were at the top of my list; house cleaning wasn't even near the list. I found that not exercising for a few days caused me to become cranky and irritable, well, more so than usual. Even 30 minutes of running gave me a new outlook on life. Singing, of course was important because I'm paying for lessons. In addition, I found that even though I was working, it was important to me to try to provide good, healthy, home cooked meals for my kids. That took up time but also gave me some great food to bring to work. On this production, more so than on any other, I discovered that I didn't want to go out and buy food; I wanted something homemade.
An actor in my cast makes it a priority to write for 2 hours everyday. I'm impressed with his dedication. I thought I might try to do that on my breaks but found that I lacked the desire to write. Isn't it funny, I like the idea of writing everyday, but when it comes down to it, I don't do it.
I guess I have no point really, but c'mon, that shouldn't be a surprise. It's just interesting to me to think about time and priorities since I went from having my days completely free to working 6 days a week. I hear so many people say, "I'd so such and such if only I had the time." But we all have the same amount of time, right? Isn't it just a matter of priorities?