I’ve been feeling extremely overwhelmed in the past few weeks. It seems like no matter how much work you put into the blog, a whole new avalanche of things to do is born. This seems to take you back to square one!
To give you an idea, I just realized how much still needs to be understood in the areas of SEO, digital marketing and social media. Since I’m the one creating the content, coming up with the ideas for the posts and writing them, this blogging thing can be quite exhausting and time-consuming.
Doing What You Love
I’m not going to complain though. I’m privileged to be able to do what I love and not spend my life doing something that I hate. I already tried that when I was working in IT support in Saudi. I’m also lucky to be surrounded by supportive, talented people who contribute to this blog.
Talking about doing what you love, I wanted to explore the topic of being at different stages in life with changing priorities. I mention this because I recently met with a new friend who wanted to meet on weekends. She was divorced and was mainly looking for genuine friendships in the city.
When we met for the first time, we were both surprised at how many things we have in common. It was refreshing to meet someone who gets you and who has been through similar journeys or life experiences. But while all of this is true, we both clearly had different priorities in life.
I’ve never been engaged or married. Since I just turned 37, meeting a potential life partner is currently a priority in my life. So is growing my blog and social media following and getting published.
That’s why, I don’t see myself spending weekends chatting over tea at someone’s house (which is what my new friend suggested we could do). However, I don’t mind meeting every couple of weeks and being active or attending a wellness workshop or meditation session.
Despite sharing so many character traits and life experiences, my new friend and I are at different life stages with unique aspirations and goals. This makes arranging plans or agreeing on how to spend our weekends kind of challenging.
I like to be open and to say yes to new friendships and to making new connections. But at the same time, I’m not willing to compromise on how I would ideally like to spend my weekends.
The meeting with this new friend made me think and reflect. We are all at different places in our lives and looking for different things. We may share our passions, interests and even personality traits with someone. However, if we aren’t on the same page in our life goals and aspirations, conflict may arise.
Reflection: Where do you see yourself at this stage of your life and what are your priorities?