Most freelancers are well aware that, when it comes to getting work, it’s a feast-or-famine game.
When I lost my job a few years ago, it took me a long time to realize that rest is no different. If it were, we wouldn’t put so much work into planning vacations. I mean, we have to plan to rest.
Thank God for my mom who knows me better than anyone, because I’m not sure I could have taken this wise counsel from anyone else the way I did from her.
Basically, she told me this: Enjoy this time as rest. You may never have this opportunity again.
That resonated in a way I wasn’t expecting. She was telling me to go out more, rekindle old friendships, enjoy a few coffee shops, play more tennis – all things I could never do that readily before.
As it turns out, I did in fact have that “rest” opportunity again.
Once again, it took awhile to figure out that, while it didn’t feel like rest at first, this season might be short-lived. So I’d better make the most of it.
And it’s when “feast or famine” took on a whole new meaning.