Let’s Talk: ‘Pacing Yourself’

By Gail Kablau

People often tell me that they don’t know how I do all of the things I do – on top of a busy job, and in addition to my union work, I am also an instructor with the high school marching band, and a musician in a wind ensemble. Not to mention that over the last 20 years I have acted as a caregiver for multiple family members. 

Sound like a familiar story? I know I’m not the only one. All of this begs the question, how much is too much? Apparently, I haven’t figured that out yet. I keep promising myself that I’ll try to slow down, or take on less, but then “life happens” and I’m right back at it. In the end it boils down to pacing yourself. 

I know it’s probably wrong to allow myself to go into cruise control. Blocking out feelings and just going through the motions is sometimes necessary in order to get through some of the most stressful days. But the Aquarius in me always kicks back in at some point, and I’m off to save the world (or at least my little corner of it). 

Where was I – oh, yeah, pacing. No, not like pacing the floor. Like scheduling time to do all of the things you need to do, and still have time to do the things you are passionate about doing. I missed a large part of an important Local Union Board meeting last week, because it was the last rehearsal for the marching band before our State competition. So, I stopped in for as much of the conversation as I could before running off to the marching rehearsal. I knew if I at least was there for part of it, I would get an idea of what was going on, and would still be on time for that important marching band rehearsal. Doing what you can when you can – and, here’s the important part – NOT feeling guilty about not being able to do it all. 

Even though I missed a good part of that meeting, I was still able to get a taste of what was going on to stay up-to-date. I was also able to have a great rehearsal with the marching band who gave their best performance of the season at the State competition. 

Marching season is now over, my wind ensemble concert is next weekend, and then I’ll have time to follow-up with what’s happening in my Union, so, yeah! Pacing… 

So, how much IS too much?  Let’s Talk!

Contact Gail Kablau at: gdkablau@gmail.com