“Did I bit off more than I can chew?”
As I was sitting at my kitchen table (aka my work table) tonight my daughter had on Netflix and was watching Saturday Night Live, the episode where Bruno Mars is both the host and the musical guest. This is his first time serving in both roles and he starts the monologue talking about how he was nervous because he never acted before and he was not sure he could be like Justin Timberlake who has often been the host and musical guest.
Books, papers, pens, post-its, Macbook, phone, tablet, a bottle of water and some survival chocolate spread across this table. Across the table is my son, who I have to laugh at because he looks like me piles of books across his side of the table as he works on his outlines for AP World and studies for Latin. This is a typical sight in my house.
I am half listening to Bruno Mars as he begins to sing in the monologue, when I hear “Did I bite off more than I can chew?” This line resonates with me as I consider that I still have to write my Day 22 Slice of Life challenge and I have four different piles of school work on the table and notes that I have to go through for an upcoming presentation that I worked on at length with a colleague this morning.
It is now 9:30 pm. I am certainly feeling as if I did bite off more than I can chew tonight. Perhaps I need to prioritize again and then set some timeframes around each pile of work. As I look up I see Bruno Mars who worried because he has never acted before and I see that he is absolutely taking on a Saturday Night Skit. He is dressed like a girl who is a guest on a talk show, and he looks good and he is funny and he can definitely act!
With this, I am thinking hey if Bruno Mars thought he bit off more than he could chew and he got through it and was successful, so can I. I am no rockstar, I am just a literacy coach with an insatiable drive to learn and grow but I too can sometimes feel like I bit off more than I can chew. In the end I will get it done, just like Bruno Mars.