Yesterday, I was discussing the prioritisation of hobbies with my mother over the phone. A couple of months ago, she had endured a small heart attack and is still in the recovery process. Her current limitations has meant she’s spending time creating drawings through various mediums.

I spoke about my decision to schedule time for my creative projects and her immediate response was:

“You’ve got to prioritise it.”

When you’re passionate about something, it’s easy to assume that you’ll automatically pursue it. But I don’t find that’s often the case. There are so many other tasks to perform in daily life that time can disappear very quickly. An example of this is when I took a gap year and got a job, I failed to schedule any time for documentary filmmaking or writing and therefore simply didn’t do any.

The statement itself can be applied to anything. “It” is whatever personally comes to mind. Maybe you’ve always wanted to grow tomatoes but never thought you had the time. Prioritise it! Even if that means compromising a little on other daily tasks once in a while.

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I’m really proud of my mum for getting back into art and just enjoying the process of it. The relaxation and satisfaction that comes with a consistent hobby is vital, I believe, to maintaining wellbeing.

To the right, I have inserted her latest Instagram post where she has been documenting her projects.

She has promised herself to continue setting time in the day for her art once she is fully recovered: to prioritise it!

Let me know if you have any additional interpretations or related thoughts in the comments. Rambles are most certainly welcome!

2 replies on ““You’ve got to prioritise it.”

  1. Lovely painting!

    And truer words were never spoken – personally I find scheduling my time is the only way to make sure I progress with the activities/hobbies I want to progress with – if I leave it and just think ‘oh I’ll get round to it’, I invariably never do.

    Thanks for sharing your perspective and words of wisdom.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts Aphra and for the compliments also – that’s so kind of you!

      It’s interesting to hear that you too must schedule time for your hobbies in order to get round to them. I’m glad that’s helps you because I think everyone should take time to pursue other activities away from “work”.

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