Dropping Plates

I tried to spin too many plates and I just couldn’t keep them all going.

I’m not mad, though. Should I be?

I am a little disappointed in myself but I’m not mad. That’s how life goes sometimes. And I’m in a really hectic season of my life right now. I guess.

I do find solace in this article that I read a few months ago, “Work, Sleep, Family, Fitness, or Friends: Pick 3.” Although not all of us are entrepreneurs or business founders, we all have to prioritize and can only fit so many things in our lives (and still do them well).

In trying to be a good husband, a good dad, an effective teacher (teaching a new-to-me curriculum), a competent student (to add an authorization to my teaching credential), and trying to keep my autoimmune disease at bay, something had to give. In my case, running has been nonexistent lately and I’ve been a social recluse (IRL) for quite some time now. I’ve also been a lot less involved at my church.

This week especially, there’s been a battle in my mind (and heart) between priorities and FOMO.

I’m going to take a break from signing up for and running races. I plan to keep running for my physical and mental health, but I won’t be training for any endurance races for a while. (But I do plan to run the OC Marathon/Half Marathon still). It’s a little sad reading my previous blog post. I was so determined to complete the ConqurLA challenge in 2017. But it’s not going to happen… and I’m going to be okay with that. I have to be.

I’ve been a terrible friend. I’ve estranged myself from m IRL friends. I didn’t mean to. It just happened. It’s funny how much running and friends have gone hand-in-hand for me these last few years. Running has given me opportunities to go out and meet/interact with people. Less running has equaled less friends. And not just running friends…I’ve not been around friends from church lately, either.

I need to make sure my house is in order. My wife needs me. My kids need me. I need to finish my second credential so I can help provide.

It’s tough. It’s lonely sometimes… especially when I think about it. So I try not to think about it too much.

How do you prioritize things in your life? How do you keep that balance?

 

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