April is my busiest month, chock full of end-of-semester recitals and spring concerts. Because my schedule is so packed, I have to turn down social activities and even the occasional gig.
I find that when I say, “I’m sorry I can’t make it because I have to practice,” people try to talk me out of it. They’ll say things like, “You can practice extra tomorrow to make up,” or “You’re so good, you can skip one day.”
Now I say, “I’m sorry I can’t make it. I have to work,” and I get sympathetic nods of understanding. Work is required. Work pays the bills. You can’t skip work to go to the bar.
“Work” covers a variety of commitments in addition to practicing: rehearsals, coachings, lessons, studying, performances. I’m pleased to have a lot of work this month, but somewhat stressed. If only I could redistribute my workload to May and June!