Finding your way back

YOU GUYS. Hi. I’ve missed you.

I could give you 100 excuses for not writing here—but the fact of the matter is, I’m now on the third season of The Americans, so let’s be real. Time is in my life, I just haven’t used it very well.

The thing is I’ve been in a funk lately. I feel deflated—work-wise, life-wise, emotionally, physically, creatively, spiritually.

I’m in this place where I feel like I’m just going through the motions, rushing through the day and waking up to the next one. I feel buried in house to-do’s at all times.

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Hike I’m going to tell you about in just a second

And I feel like I’ve abandoned something essential.

Here are some of the things I think when I’m in a rut like this:

  • Everyone is killing it and has their shit totally together but me.
  • My education was wasted on me.
  • I’ll never be brave enough, smart enough or dedicated enough to make what I want to happen, happen.

Tracing the path to how I got here seems like a fruitless endeavor. I’m interested in how we get out.

How do you get out?

One day, I left the boys and the house and went for a hike with a friend.

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My hike with Sara

One day, I had an extra long lunch with another friend.

I keep looking for the right book. The one that will say all the right things.  (Any ideas?)

But of course I have been avoiding the one thing I need most: Writing.

I read this from Jennifer Egan in Brain Pickings last week:

When I’m not writing I feel an awareness that something’s missing. If I go a long time, it becomes worse. I become depressed. There’s something vital that’s not happening. A certain slow damage starts to occur. I can coast along awhile without it, but then my limbs go numb. Something bad is happening to me, and I know it. The longer I wait, the harder it is to start again.

James has been sleeping until 7 a.m. I can’t really explain how miraculous this feels after a year plus of obsessing about sleeping and longing to be well rested. I AM WELL RESTED. I am sleeping for 9 and sometimes 10 hours a night.

It’s hard to think about setting an alarm. I feel like I deserve to sleep and sleep and sleep.

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But this morning I couldn’t. At 5:45 I turned over. And here I am with my own quiet, not brain-exhausted-end-of-the-day, hour. (Plus I promised Dan one blog post this month and I gotta get that guy off my back.)

I wonder why it’s easiest to avoid the things we need most. They seem so hard sometimes. So daunting. So rife with the potential for failure.

But in the end, those very things–whatever they might be–are the only way out. Right?

What do you do dear friends? To find your way back to yourself?

P.S. Listen to Dear Sugar: How do I find the courage to be my own guide

6 thoughts on “Finding your way back

  1. Skiles! We’ve missed you and your voice. Just write. You always say interesting, meaningful, real things. Nothing is ever wasted but sometimes (personally) I just need a kick in the pants to do the thing I’m avoiding.

    I wish I had a book recommendation – I am slogging through All Involved by Ryan Gattis – it’s good but it’s not holding my attention the way I wish it would.

    Seriously lady, I’m so glad you wrote. Do it again soon. xoxo

  2. I love that you posted too 🙂 Especially as two busy people without the time to connect as much as we did – this is my link back to you (not James or Sky & Dan & Fam) just Sky. I remember in college I would call my mom in tears about an exam coming up, or feeling overwhelmed, and she would always ask – Meghan when is the last time you exercised? For me – getting back in touch with my body through movement (be it – walking, running, yoga) – helps me curve my anxiousness, depression, and downward spirals. I try so hard to make time for it, but in reality, I agree, sleep/couch always sounds so much better (and easier!) at the time. 🙂 Good luck – and if it is worth anything – I think you are doing great! XO

    • Megs, thank you for the note. You and Penny are right: exercise! It’s been so hard as of late to find the time…and the energy.
      You are, as always, my inspiration as the mom who somehow does it all – with the best sense of humor and deepest well of love!

  3. Well, I’m with you. In my attempt to do what you are doing I had the boys drop me off at a coffee shop… where I have to do work, but it is still my happy place… and before jumping into my work, as is my habit, I check to see if you’ve posted anything! Wonder if instead of another book you might enjoy listening to Tara Brach’s podcast. I love her stuff, and all of her talks included short guided meditations (some longer). Meditation Oasis is another great app for just helping you to pause and turn off the to do list…. If you MUST have a book – Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven Hayes. It’s a very practical book, not just a read and reflect. Here’s to not having our shit together… 🙂

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