"It happens in a blink, it happens in a flash
It happens in the time it took to look back
I try to hold on tight, but there's no stopping time
What is it I've done with my life?"
Each time I hear the song, I'm challenged. What is it I'm doing? Am I taking time? Am I absorbing the little things?
Because I know I can't stop time . . . and it's the little things, when strung together, that truly are the big things.
So perhaps that's why I'm not the kind of writer who will ever say, "I need to write." I'll repeat that in case you read it too fast. I will not say, "I need to write."
Laugh with my kids. Admire a budding tree. Sit on my front stoop in the sun. Watch football with my husband.
These moments are living. And writing? That's what I do in the other moments.
I'm not saying I always balance it perfectly, but I consciously work on it. What about you? How do you make sure your life doesn't get too tangled to simply live?