So a while ago, I wrote about making time for writing. But today I want to talk about the other side of sacrifices in any pursuit.
It's always great to give up unnecessary time-wasters to make time for your desired career, but how important is this dream? I ask because yesterday, rather than sitting down to write all afternoon, I went to the zoo.
Not alone. I went with my wife and a few friends. One of those friends is getting deployed to Afghanistan for nine months. I decided that if, for some awful reason, something were to happen to him, I would always regret wasting my day writing a book when I could've been spent time with him.
I know a few of you can relate, what with kids and spouses. It's like I said in the other post: a balance must be found. And if writing is your passion, some sacrifices will be made, but don't make sacrifices you may regret.
If you do regret your sacrifices, don't dwell on it. Just remember, not a single successful person in the history of the world ever looked back and said, "You know, I wish I hadn't missed that one episode of my favorite TV show." Or, "That movie looked great. If it wasn't for my book, I would've been able to see it and talk about it with my friends!"
So what are you willing to sacrifice for? Why would you set aside your writing for a day? And what's something that, maybe, it's time to give up for the sake of advancing that career?
I know for me, I don't miss TV as much as I thought I would. Of course, I still watch now and then, but I don't miss the overwhelming amount of shows I used to schedule my life around.