I so admire the traits of moderation and balance. I aim for them constantly. I plan, schedule, research, limit, design, check and re-check my life and activities with those ideals held firmly in my mind. “All things in moderation.” And, “Balance. Ba-lance. Baaaaaa-lance.”
For most of the year, I diligently aim for balance and moderation. For example, balancing work and health (or, at least, attempting to) is the only way I can manage several projects at once. I take time to exercise, etc, giving myself energy to work fast enough to have time left over for exercising, thereby giving myself energy to work… it’s a nice cycle.
However, half-way through the month of November (otherwise known as “National Novel Writing Month”), I start to change my tune. As the days dwindle and the EXPECTED word count outdistances my ACTUAL word count, I start to not even care about balance. Let alone, moderation.
In fact, by now, November 20th, I am figuratively wadding up my revered ideals and tossing them out the window, because I’ve arrived at my favourite part of NaNoWriMo. Now, eyes fixed on my word count and deadline, I am allowed, encouraged, even expected to forget about balance for a bit. For the last 10 days of this wonderful, flat-out busy, tumultuously creative, “no, I can’t do the dishes, I’m writing” month, I get to tip the scales towards an excess of two of my favourite things: writing and coffee.
So, until December 1st, I take time to drink coffee, giving myself energy to work fast enough to have time left over to drink coffee, thereby giving myself energy to work… it’s a nice NaNoWriMo cycle. As Mark Twain said, “All things in moderation… including moderation.”