No this isn’t a scary story. I was thinking the other day (and we all know how dangerous that is) about how some days I feel like I have two lives. An author life and a PT student life.
I have mentioned it before but I will say it again. I don’t recommend being in graduate school and trying to do author things like publish or write books at the same time. Time, that fickle lord, will often run away laughing his grey-bearded head off at you if you do.
Two faces. Some days all I want to do is sit down and write until my fingers fall off, but as is often the case, I have a million tests to study for. Is it too much to wish for a quiet little cabin somewhere in the mountains with a nice front porch to sit on and write? Other days I dream of being a super awesome PT and helping ALL of the people. What’s difficult is trying to juggle these two amazing careers.
In my role as a PT student, I’m focused on school. I’m also one of those people who don’t like to talk about themselves and consequently draw attention to oneself. (I also have a blog in which I do nothing but talk. Go figure.) I have a few fellow students who watch the same shows as me, so we can discuss and speculate together. Not many have my love of reading and a small percentage have my particular taste in books. There are your standard Harry Potter lovers, but if I was to start talking about LOTR with the same enthusiasm, it might get awkward. 😛 So, I don’t talk about writing or my books because I have no one who shares the same interest.
The opposite is also true. When I’m at events or online, it’s easier to talk about the other side of me. The writer side. The one where I can fangirl about shows or books or writing with other fans and writers. But when it comes to talking science and medicine, there aren’t many in that crowd who would understand. I live and breath this stuff.
So, is it easier to be a writer and a PT student, or a PT student and a writer? It depends on the day. I occasionally feel like I’m cheating on the other life because they are so separate at the moment. Someday hopefully I’ll have the time to be both. Obviously there’s a time and a place for both. I love being able to have a conversation about either subject with someone who has the same passion as I do. It’s so freeing to be able to converse at length about a fantastic subject. I know I’m not the only writer or professional student out there who juggles multiple responsibilities.
So how do you show your faces?