Options

My 2018 journey has been interesting so far. As much as I originally believed that it was going to be a year where I enriched and added to my life…I’m finding that my life is becoming enriched by simplifying and subtracting instead.

Just last week, I decided that in the month of April, I will start working part-time or seasonally, instead of full-time. The decision changed my entire attitude. I’m giddy with relief and the idea of having options.

Yes, there will undoubtedly be some tightening of the budget and spending changes, but it will be worth it! My favorite word in the English language is “options.” O.K., it’s not my favorite word, but it’s certainly my favorite concept.

Admittedly, it’s sometimes easier to “have to,” because then you know the parameters of your responsibility. Having options doesn’t come without bouts of stress. Now, I will have more time to write. What if that time doesn’t change my output or quality? What if I have more time to market my writing, but fall short of goals or hopes? What if being mindful of productivity at work, helped me be productive in writing?

Options are similar to standing at the edge of a pool, deciding to dip the toe in, slowly walk down the steps or just jump in, come what may.

I really don’t know which one will suit me better. So, I’m going to bask in the fact that I even find myself at the edge of a pool, with the sun warming my skin. I’m going to be thankful not in the options I choose, but merely the fact that I have them.

They are beautiful. And mine. And all part of the journey.