Spidey’s Serene Sunday #417 – Picking & Choosing

“You can do anything, but not everything.”

David Allen

Great reminder, Spidey!

Now, I don’t know if it is a perimenopause thing or just extreme tiredness, but right now, I really cannot do everything that I want to be able to do.

I go to work, and I keep the house clean, feed my family, and ensure their well-being is as good as it can be.

I keep in touch with my parents daily and my brother a little less, but still regularly.

What I also want to do is try and exercise, daily.

And write, daily.

And read, daily.

And I want to meet up with friends and have a bit of social life.

But I am finding that I am so tired that I can very often only do a bit of exercise two or three times a week, and it’s not anything strenuous, I admit.

Writing seems to be a thing I am struggling with, because my brain is so filled with other, more pressing issues, plus I am waiting on publisher feedback, and I think it is halting my progress on the third book, in case there are any big changes they want me to make…

The thought of meeting up with loved ones for an evening is wonderful, but again, it’s the energy thing.

So I make sure that if nothing else, I read. And even my reading has slowed down. You guys know me, the fifteen books-a-month type of reader, at my best, alongside writing and everything else.

Right now it can take me 4-5 days to finish a book, but that is because I am falling asleep after a few minutes, or at the maximum, half an hour of reading. I know that still sounds fast to some, but that is not me.

Still, at least I am reading something.

At least I have hit that level of maturity where I know I cannot do everything. Each thing I want to do has its time and place, and it will happen, I am sure. Just not all at once.

(I dunno, maybe I need a change-up in my HRT dosages…)

So, Peeps, are you good at realising when you need to take your foot off the pedal a bit? 😊

35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robbiesinspiration
    Mar 08, 2023 @ 04:42:57

    Hi Ritu, I have also had to slow down a bit as I also get tired since I had covid last year. I have to make choices about where I spend my time and I am blogging a bit less and writing less complex books. I have reverted to more poetry, writing for children and short stories. My adult novel is languishing.

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  2. Jennie
    Mar 08, 2023 @ 02:17:54

    I hate not being able to do it all. I struggle with that. It’s a trade-off. School is first because kids are grown and gone, then family, then writing, then reading, then friends and social life. Still, I can’t fit it all in. Sigh!

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  3. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Mar 06, 2023 @ 03:00:52

    On the “up” side of things, YOU get to control more than you may think since YOU get to decide what you DO do! My suggestion is to erase the word REGRET from your mind! it really does get better, Sis!! ❀

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  4. Maggie
    Mar 06, 2023 @ 02:46:28

    I feel similarly, Ritu. I am trying audio books but I am easily distracted.

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  5. Words from a Lentil Institution
    Mar 05, 2023 @ 18:02:39

    Pacing ourselves is not always easy – and levels change with no real warnings. As you are aware of yourself, you can keep an eye upon your needs and perhaps tweak to suit. G:)

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  6. Keith
    Mar 05, 2023 @ 12:46:38

    It is harder to take in the view when you drive fast. Take a few sideroads and get out of the car for a walkabout. Keith

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  7. willowdot21
    Mar 05, 2023 @ 11:38:59

    I love you Sis and you are amazing but you are not super human… Give yourself a break! Love you πŸ’—πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  8. Carol anne
    Mar 05, 2023 @ 10:32:06

    None of us are super human! I wish I was! πŸ˜€
    I am getting better at knowing when I can’t do everything that I want to do!
    ❀

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  9. Jaye Marie and Anita Dawes
    Mar 05, 2023 @ 09:11:53

    I have always been an expert at ignoring my body’s advice, but these days it has found ways to stop me in my tracks. I am fast becoming more obedient!

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  10. Cecilyswritings
    Mar 05, 2023 @ 08:58:00

    It’s not easy … but we do what we can do. Hope your week is a good one 🌷

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  11. davidprosser
    Mar 05, 2023 @ 08:49:26

    As with everything else Ritu, these are things you’ll manage when the real need is there. Your body has allowed your skills to manage your life at it’s present level over time and will do so again as the needs change.You are a manager so do what you do best.
    Huge Hugs

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  12. OIKOSβ„’- Art, Books & more
    Mar 05, 2023 @ 08:17:24

    When I look at your list, I don’t notice any exuberant tasks, Sis! Well done! Don’t forget taking time for yourself! Best wishes, Michael

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  13. beth
    Mar 05, 2023 @ 06:43:25

    your body is telling you to take breaks as needed and not ignore its message

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  14. Sadje
    Mar 05, 2023 @ 05:49:27

    Take it easy my friend.

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