Here’s a good one from American writer Ralph Marston:
‘Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.’
I’ve had a lovely three years off work, writing when I want to and self-publishing many books, as well as trying to keep fit and undergoing any necessary treatment for thyroid cancer. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to earn more money than my pension and Amazon royalties are giving me. Sam doesn’t want me to go back to work, but …. needs must.
On Monday I drove back to the hospital for a meeting with my old manager to enquire about returning as a bank secretary to cover staff holidays and sickness and other times when there is just too much work. We were soon chatting like I’d never been away, with the end result that I was given a bank contract and I can now work whenever I like, as usually one department or the other is more often than not short-staffed. At the moment I’ve chosen to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, which should augment my pension a little bit!
I learned a lot from working as a medical secretary. Bank work will take me into departments I’ve never worked in at all, and so it will keep the old brain active. I can still write on days when I’m not working (there might be a few less blogs though), so as my youngest son often says… it’s all gravy, baby.