Lately, the majority of the time that I’ve been able to carve out for writing has been during two main parts of my day:
- The subway ride TO work
- The subway ride home FROM work.
These are the times when most of my thoughts and ideas are festering the most. So, the only way that I’ve been able to get them out of my head is by drafting them on my iPhone.
About two months ago, I was let go off from my full-time job. I actually had already known it was coming because my company announced that they had been officially sold to another company just months prior.
Shortly after that announcement, my entire team was informed that our positions were being eliminated due to the sale.
For some people, it was a tough pill to swallow. Most of my co-workers jumped ship early. They took new jobs before they could experience the blow of unemployment.
For me, I embraced it with open arms because then, I’d have some time for myself — to decompress, to relax, to write, to figure out my next move.
It was honestly the best two months of my life. I could write whenever I wanted to and my schedule was an open book.
But now, I’m back in the rat race, back on the grind, and the only time that I’ve been able to write is when I’m already up and moving — Because by the time I physically get home from work, my battery is on low and I’ve exhausted my mental capacity to create anything new.
When I get home, I put my things away, change into my pajamas, eat dinner, watch some television, then prepare for the following day. By the time I get home, I’m already on auto-pilot up until the moment that I fall asleep. It’s pretty depressing.
Sure, there are days when I have bursts of energy and actually open up my personal laptop and type away, but it’s been a rare occasion.
So, I resort to writing on my iPhone on the subway while in transit to work.
You may be thinking that I’m doing the bare minimum or that I’m making excuses, but in fact, I’m creating an alternative.
But, this is what I have to do right now to make it work — to not stop writing all together.
It’s said, “If there’s a will, there’s a way”
Well, this is my way and I’m just trying to keep it going.