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Yeah this isn’t a post about Agile per se, or writing, or anything. It’s about life.
Sometimes you gotta take a wash.
I got sick (ironically from going to the doctor’s for a checkup where I was otherwise fine). That was a pain, but my roommate got a new job, meaning I got to move in with my girlfriend earlier than intended. It turned into a synergy of illness, surprises, and more. Pretty much most of my projects had to go on hold.
At first I was annoyed with that, like I had to keep on schedule. But the truth is we all have limits, interruptions, and more.
So I took a wash. I set aside everything but the move and life stuff, did what I could on my other projects, and didn’t beat myself up. That felt a lot better.
Sometimes you just have to take a wash. Sometimes things can’t get done. Living with it and doing what you can is important to adapting and keeping your sanity.
We often get taught to follow a schedule as if it’s a commandment, to feel bad if we can’t do what we planned. We’re taught to self-flagellate.
Nah. Sometimes you gotta take a wash.
Of course next month I’ll be back at it and I have some projects planned out to a year from now.