Friday, 4 December 2015
This time will pass
Life in the publishing world is crazy. And then the end of year hits and we all wonder how the heck we're going to get through everything we need to do by 15:00 on 24 December. Tempers flare, stress levels run high and grey hairs increase. The workload never seems to end and the deadlines feel impossible to meet, especially when the sun is shining outside and you know that your friends are frolicking on the beach with glee. And yet somehow - through all the blood, sweat and tears - we come out on the other side exhausted, but with smiles on our faces. They may be plastered over grimaces but, faint as they are, they are still there!
The point is, no matter what you're going through, remember that this time will pass. Whenever I have to do something I don't want to do or am going through something horrible, I repeat this mantra over and over to myself: "This time will pass". I do it when I'm running and want to stop because my chest feels as though it's going to explode - "This time will pass"; I do it when I'm sobbing over a stupid mistake I made and my world feels as though it's about to crumble - "This time will pass"; I do it when I'm battling with money and wonder if I'll never make ends meet - "This time will pass"; I do it when I have to get an injection and think I'm going to faint thanks to my fear of needles - "This time will pass".
So here's to all of you who are going through a hard time, whether it's mourning the loss of a loved one or trying to keep your head above water at a new job. Remember that you are not alone in your struggles and that things will get better. It may not seem that way right now, but the sun will come up again tomorrow and something will make you smile. And - even if it's just for a second - you'll forget your pain. This time will pass, and I'll do whatever I can to try and make it pass just a little bit faster for you. Lots of love, always .x.x.x.