The Time Apart

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written a post on my blog.  Part of me is upset with myself for going so long without doing something that I have committed to.  The other part realizes the truth of life:

Things don’t always go as planned.

I have spent much more time lately doing things I want to do for fun.  I’ve been surfing more, I spend more time with my friends and have gone on more adventures over the weekends.  These are all things that have slowed me from getting back into writing but they are things that provide some of the most joy in my life.  I believe everything we do in life should provide joy or move us forward.  The reason I started writing this blog was to have a place to put my thoughts down in a way that has the potential to reach others.  If any of my thoughts motivates even one person to improve their life in some way then I consider it a success.  Even if not, at least I’m practicing my communication skills!

Quite a lot has happened in my life since my last post.  I got married to the most wonderful woman I’ve ever met, I went on a trip to Fiji, got a new job (which I am starting in a few weeks), got a new car, and did many other things.  Time truly seems to be going by faster and faster as I grow older.  Spending too much time apart from doing the things that you love will result in looking back on the last week, month or year and saying “where did the time go!”.

Although I have been spending a lot of time doing the things I love lately, there is also something to be said of dedicating time in your life for improvement and progress.  I think an ideal life is one that has struck a balance between doing what you truly love and working towards bettering yourself, your life and the lives of those you care about.

My new job is going to require me to spend a lot of time away from my wife.  This is something we have gone through before but having experience in this field does not make it any more exciting.  I know that this move is for the best for our long term goals but spending time away from loved ones is a steep price to pay.  Having said that, I know that the time apart is only temporary and like after our first time spent apart; we will come out of this even better than ever!

My point is: Don’t be afraid to put one thing on hold for awhile if it gives you the time to focus on something else that is important in your life.  Spending time away from work to do things you love is OK.  Spending time away from those you love to improve your life for the long term is also OK.  Just don’t do one of these things forever and completely forget about the other.

Find your balance in spending time apart.

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