Isn’t it just the way; that when you are excited about getting back to a project, something suddenly presents itself as a barrier. I guess it depends on how much of a priority that project is and what the barrier itself is, as to whether or not you ignore one or the other.
Well, I can’t really ignore being ill. Yesterday I could hardly get off the sofa. Even today I’m struggling, so this is likely to be a short post.
Still, it does make me wonder how many of us take sick days as a writer seriously. Because writing is something that we enjoy and can energises us in many ways, I suspect that when unwell we forge on ahead anyway – because it makes us happy.
Unfortunately, that very action can often result in making our illness worse (most especially if you suffer from M.E. as I do). Thus, on occasion it is advisable to rest before the virus takes us down completely. Or, to try and prevent the virus from taking hold, because – as I said – there is no cure for a virus such as this. In this case, prevention IS the only cure.
It’s too late for me now. I am struck down and will have to wait until my weakened body puts up enough of a fight, or – more likely – the virus gets bored and leaves…But, let my sickness be a lesson. Remember that prevention is better than a cure and allow yourself some time to rest, some time to relax and let your mind settle.
We all need sick days now and again. But wouldn’t it be a little easier if we could just have ‘prevention hours’ every so often – isn’t investing an hour to rest on occasion better than losing a whole day of potential writing and editing?
What do you think? Could you allow yourself an hour away from your writing once in a while in order to stay healthy enough to write all day?
Let me know in comments.