I taught myself how to do it, just after I finished school. I was a bit bored one day and on a whim I thought, “Why don’t I teach myself how to juggle?”
So I did. I grabbed a bunch of golf balls (to this day, I reckon golf balls are the best thing to use to learn how to juggle – they’re easy to catch and don’t go bouncing away) and began. I didn’t have an instruction book. I just figured it out.
I’m not that coordinated (when I used to play cricket, I was notorious for the number of catches I dropped) but by the end of the day I had gotten to the point where I could do maybe ten catches in a row. And in a couple of days, I could keep going up to 100 and over.
I even began to do tricks, like under the leg. Though I never did manage the “take a bite from an apple” trick (I always seemed to smash it against my forehead) and I could never manage more than four balls. Still, it’s one of those things I’m kind of pleased about. I know how to juggle.
I’ve been thinking about the whole juggling thing a bit lately because these days I seem to be spending a lot of time juggling. Maybe not in a literal sense, but most of my life seems to be a struggle to keep a lot more than three balls in the air.
My work in itself is a juggle. Multiple projects is the name of the game. Gotta keep them all moving forward – multiple deadlines are getting near and that’s a lot of juggling. Then there’s the juggle of balancing work with personal life, and all the decisions that involves.
But the biggest juggle of all is the attempt to keep some sort of a semblance as a writer with everything else going on. There’s the three current works-in-progress which I’ve blabbed on a bit about previously – I suppose each of those is a ball. Then there’s all the social media stuff – my Twitter ball and my Facebook ball and the rather large ball that is this blog. Honestly, I have no idea how I do it.
Even as I write this, I’m still madly juggling. Here go those balls – up and down and up and down. I really hope I don’t drop them. Can you imagine what a mess that would make.
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