I didn’t mean to take a two month break from blogging. It just crept up on me. June was a really crazy month. There were end-of-year barbecues and dance recitals and soccer tournaments for the boys; for me there were projects to finish up, projects to start before summer, year-end parties, and retirements. It was a busy time. One week away from my blog became two weeks, and two weeks somehow became four.
But at some point I realized that it wasn’t just because I was busy that I wasn’t attending to my blog.
I realized that I needed a break.
I needed to go underground for a while. Blogging for me is a very public act. It requires me to be out there in the world in a way that I normally enjoy. But I was in a more introspective space, a space where I needed to look inward rather than out. I needed time to think and journal and stare off into the distance; I needed space to breathe.
At first I felt guilty. I worried about neglecting my writing; I worried about what it meant that I was neglecting my writing. Eventually, though, I realized that I just needed the time away. I had to give myself permission to step away from the computer, to absent myself from the blogging community, to live my life for a while in a completely private space.
There is value in taking a break from our writing, in giving ourselves permission to step away for a time and do other things. There is value in turning our thoughts and energies away from our blogs and toward other important things in our lives.
There is value sometimes in giving ourselves the space to breathe.
How about you? How do you find “space to breathe”? Can you happily walk away from your blogging from time to time?