I am cutting back on my obligations. I’m retiring from my voluntary career. After six years of dedication to In Print Professional Writers’ Organization, I’m stepping down. No longer on the board in any capacity, nor lingering in the peripheral with ancillary duties, I’m done.
This includes Word of Art. After three amazingly successful, fulfilling, and labor intense events, I am no longer the go-to for anything WoA related.
I have to admit, this freeing feeling is tinged with melancholy. I imagine it’s a bit like empty-nesting. I have parented these programs since inception! And now I’m releasing them.
But more so, I am filled with a huge sense of relief. My IP to-do list is nearly to-done! (Come see my farewell appearance on the Writers’ Conferences panel discussion at the next In Print general meeting, 1-4 pm, Saturday April 8, at the Roscoe Public Library.)
When I consider all of the time I am freeing–no more FB posts, website updates, committee reports, board meetings, nametag printing, etc, etc…I have to say, I get giddy.
I am so encouraged by the idea of FREE TIME! I love having a whatever-I-want-to-do list!
Now, I know, you can’t actually “free” time. You can’t save it, collect it, stash it away and conjure as needed. It will still pass. But I look forward to the new adventures ahead of me.
I wrote a blog a couple of years ago about the literal translation of Tempus Fugit being Time Flees. Today’s post would be Tempus Libero, Time Frees.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you have done for writers, including, certainly, me!
Thank you, Caryl! I count meeting inspirational people like you as part of the perks of volunteering.