I spent much of September feeling so incredibly overwhelmed.
I added more time to my schedule at work. I decided to do this to take the pressure off of scheduling clients. It seemed like that would be easier for me to do than to continue the juggling that I had been doing on the phone. If I added some more time, then at least I would be making money for that time (no one pays me to talk on the phone, if you can believe it). So far I think it’s been a good decision.
I was deep in my writing workshop, as well. I think that for me, because I’m a slow reader and a slow writer, it takes me longer than it takes the average person to do the coursework. So, I knew that I had made a big commitment when I signed up, but it ended up being 10-15 hours a week of “homework.” I was totally enjoying it, but it also was deep, painful stuff that I was writing about. I guess I should say at this point, in case you guys don’t know, that I’m working on a book. It’s a memoire about Sawan and I, about our love story, and then also about what it’s been like to be a young widow. I’m very excited about it, but it’s a lot of work, on the writing side, and on the emotional side.
Then, I also had so many friends in crisis. Two of my girlfriends had had babies. One was in the NICU. The other was a less than ideal delivery and she had communicated that she needed companionship. I wanted to be there for both of them. I also have another friend, part of a couple, where the man is undergoing cancer treatment, and they’re my age. I wanted to be there for them, as well.
In addition to these things and being in a relationship, I also had a roommate move in to the Pink house in August. She’s awesome! But it also brings a whole other person to relate with regularly.
I want to do so much to make everything better for everyone. I talked to my counselor about it. I told him that I didn’t have enough hours in my day. I wanted to do so much and I just simply didn’t have time or capacity and I was freaking out. He told me that sometimes what we want to give, what people need, is a million dollars. So we reach into our pockets and all we have is a dollar twenty-five. We have a decision to make. How are we going to spend our $1.25? What we want to do might be a visit and a meal, but all we can do is a phone call. Though that might feel inadequate, he still encouraged me to make the phone call. So, that’s what I did.
In conclusion, September was mostly about putting one foot in front of the other, doing the most I could each day to get to the next day, knowing that all I could do was my best. I had to be extremely intentional about my schedule and my time. And, I survived it. As I struggled through, I was keenly aware of how different this struggle was from the struggle that I had been dealing with for the last three years. I had so much relationship. What a blessing. It's what I call a high-class problem. Loneliness was so far from me, and, even though it was the other extreme, it was so nice to have the reprieve.