Author’s Note: No, you’re
not crazy. This is supposed to be the next chapter of Falling in
Public, and I apologize that it’s not. Day job stress has me out of
whack with the fiction writing, so FIP will be posted on Saturday this week
instead. Thanks for waiting…
This is a Rhipsalis cactus – commonly
called a Mistletoe cactus (which I didn’t know until I looked up
rhipsalis…which is how much of a plant geek I am, I guess LOL).
These guys fascinate me, the way they branch out every which way and
look all scraggly, but in a symmetrical way.
That’s kind of how I feel about this
whole “branching out” experiment. Things kinda look scraggly for
now (more so this week, which has been unbelievably demanding), but
they’re falling into a more symmetrical pattern and I don’t feel
quite so scattered now.
Some things require more conscious
thought than others – like my tea blog, and crocheting. I’ve been
struggling with those, but I get such a sense of…accomplishment?
Rounded-ness? I’m not sure what the word I’m looking for is (it’s
late, and I’m tired), but I always feel good having made the time
I’ve allowed myself FB games again,
and while I’m sure I spend more time than I should playing (again),
it really does allow my mind to relax in the evenings. I am more
behind, but I feel better about it, if that makes any sense.
The title of this post comes from
something I struggle with all the time in pursuit of hobbies. I tend
to feel obligated after a very short time to make my hobby into
something “more”. Last time I crocheted, I wasn’t content to
“just crochet”, I had to make gifts, and things for possible
sale. That applied pressure automatically. With the tea blog I tend
to think I need to post more often. Or in a specific format for
reviews, etc. It’s very easy to slip into the “make it more”
mentality, and I think a lot of us have a hard time just pursuing
something for no obvious reason other than we enjoy it. No plans to
grow it bigger or make it better.
So I’m really trying not to feel
obligated with these “extras”. I don’t need to play a bunch of
games, just a few (and I don’t have to worry about climbing ranks
or anything – I can move slowly, and really, it just doesn’t
matter). I don’t need to put a deadline on a crochet project, and
it’s okay if I buy gifts even though I’m crafty. I don’t need
to post more than weekly on the tea blog – and I don’t have to
stick to just reviews. I can be flexible, and just enjoy these things
for what they are, rather than for what they could be (which is how I
view my books after the draft is done).
This is harder than it sounds for me,
because I’m built to take an idea and run it out as far as I can
get it to go. Good for writing – excellent, in fact. Bad for
hobbies. They don’t need to be anything more than a hobby. Ever.
They’re fine just for something fun to do.
Do you feel obligated by your hobbies?
Have you ever quit a hobby because the pressure you put on it was too
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