It seems like I spent the last year trying to be everything to everyone as a community volunteer. I even won an award for this, beating out some heavy hitters in town. It also seems that I’ve burned myself out somewhat. I’ve just returned home from a two-week stint in the hospital courtesy of a cardio scare. The symptoms turned out to be a tad misleading, and while the exact cause has yet to be pinned down, we now know it’s nothing serious. The dratted symptoms said otherwise for a while and it was unnerving, to say the least.
I had too much time on my hands to think in the hospital and what I realized is that I need to do less volunteer work. Here’s what I’m dropping for the rest of this year and next:
- Coaching archery
- Volunteer Webmaster for various non-profits
- Volunteer Webmaster for my daughter’s school
- Volunteer photographer at my daughter’s school
- Volunteer bus driver
- Volunteer at local museum
- 4-H project leader
The only thing I’ll be keeping, and which is still a doozy in terms of time required, is the Radio Hanna project my wife and I put together. I made a commitment to the school and the community that we would build this and that is still on the menu. Everything else, however, is off.
It’s time for me again. I need to pick up a camera. And a bow. And to mess around in the kitchen. And spend time with my family. It’s my turn this year to do things for me.