Mixed Priorities


I’m a busy person.

This is not a secret or mystery, by any means. I work two jobs, I go to school full-time, and I volunteer with the AgChat Foundation. And I’m usually a “grab life by the horns” kind of girl. If there’s an opportunity to get involved, usually I’ll take it.

Tonight, I found myself auditioning for a series of mini-plays that our school’s theatre directing class puts on. These 10-15 minute plays serve as the finals for the students in the directing class. You can audition for as many or as few as you like. It’s been a tradition of mine to do these plays, known as “One-Acts”, and I’ve always enjoyed the experiences and friendships I’ve gained throughout. Two of my best friends were met through One-Acts. I auditioned for seven different One-Acts tonight, which is a fairly normal number.

When I checked the cast lists tonight, I found that my name was not included. I was sad, for a moment. Then I realized something: I’ve been burnt out on the things I’m passionate about lately, how could I possibly imagine taking on something so time-consuming and stressful as a short-term acting gig? I have to consider my priorities, and the things that have normally been at the top of the list have become scattered, unattended-to, and often forgotten. Even this blog, which I have a great emotional attachment to, has got without an update for too long.

This is a nice wake-up call.

I need to find my voice again. I need to find my feet and start walking back into the right direction. I’ve been a poor blogger, agvocate, and social media enthusiast.

It’s time to re-establish my priorities.

Thank you, theatre-disappointment, for reminding me what I’m truly passionate about.

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2 thoughts on “Mixed Priorities

  1. Good for you! It’s easy to want to do everything, but it’s also a nice reminder to know what sometimes it’s better to do a few things and do them well.

    It’s so much fun to follow you on Twitter and read your blog! Keep up the good work, but remember it’s better to take a small break now instead of getting burned-out later.

    Best of luck!

    • Thank you, Jenny! I think one of the wonders of college if that you learn all these hard lessons, like managing time, priorities, and burnout, without even really having to try. Spring break is coming up next month, so I’m hoping for the break I’ve been needing! Thanks for commenting.

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