You probably know the adage: “Write every day.” Because I love to write, that's not hard to do. But not long ago, my writing routine was abruptly interrupted. I came down with some weird mysterious flu. The chills, a migraine, and nausea kept me from writing (and cooking for my family, going to the hair salon, taking care of the cat, and doing household chores). I was miserable and bed-ridden. All I could think about was staying warm and not throwing up. After several doses of Imitrex and Tylenol, plus anti-nausea medicine, I was back on my feet in five hours—until another headache and a wave of nausea hit again. So…back to bed.
Through it all, my cat stayed by my side. I had heard that dogs know when their owners are sick and will stay close by. I never knew cats would. And yet, Ollie did. Okay, I was using one of his favorite nap-time comforters, but I like to think he really wanted to be close to comfort me. And he did, snuggling and purring. Later that evening, I was up and at ‘em. I couldn’t eat much, and I didn’t want to think about anything, even writing.
Two days later, I was ready to tackle some editing. It was a great feeling, sitting in front of the computer with my work before me. After being sick, my mind was clear. I had more drive and energy.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t recommend that anyone get sick to find a new zeal for writing. But I noticed that in getting away from the computer keyboard was beneficial. I’ll have to think hard about the “writing every day” approach. Maybe taking a break from time to time is a good thing. For me, putting writing on hold for a few days gave me a new appreciation for what I love to do.
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