Writing is my main love, my primary hobby. (I don’t make enough money at it for it to have anything more than “hobby” status.) It is what I spend most of my free time doing and my non-free time thinking about.
But I do have other hobbies: I crochet, I do counted cross stitch, and I collect stuff for scrapbooking. And then there is my much neglected dollhouse renovation. And a few million hobbies that I want to learn. And I’d like to do some gardening this summer (if summer ever comes) even though it will just be container gardening.
Oh! And my rats! We can’t forget the rats! It’s way too hard to resist them when they tug at my sleeve or pant leg because they want to come out to see me. It’s also really hard to type with a rat in your sleeve.
But (aside from cleaning the rat cage) I find that I feel guilty when I engage in another hobby. It’s not so much like I’m cheating on my writing as it is having a case of the “shoulds” – as in, I should be writing.
But then sometimes when I’m writing I start to feel guilty about the stashes of yarn and cross stitch stuff that are going unused and I feel like I should be stitching or hooking. (Hooking = crocheting. Get your minds out of the gutter. This isn’t that kind of blog. Sheesh!)
But as soon as I start doing one of them, I feel guilty because I should be writing.
(Note: this only happens when I’m struggling to get words out – when I’m really inspired and the words are flowing well nothing else even crosses my mind.)
And, then, of course, there are the other “Shoulds.”
I should clean the house.
I should do dishes.
I should organize papers.
I should cook supper.
I should get some sleep.
Does anyone else suffer from this? How do you balance writing with other hobbies and more mundane activities?