Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu

Day 231 – How to avoid disaster


While everyone is at home or away for the holidays, eating, drinking, having fun, I am finishing my year freaking out about deadlines. Actually I am not freaking out, but I am juggling them like an inexperienced clown, and I hate clowns.

It’s true I indulged myself with two days off, because my brain was starting a little fire inside its circuits, so I thought it would be best to prevent the potential disaster with a break. It’s also true that when everyone is going to go back to work, I will sleep more and will be making funny faces at them, because I will start my own holiday. Anyway, because of all this, I got to think about how people push themselves off the edge, because of deadlines. There is a point where they can’t see anything else, but that and their only escape is the finish line or no line. These things can lead towards disaster and when you are pushing yourself too hard, your work may be done on time, but done horribly and with no perspective what so ever. Of course one can also use this as an amazing excuse to postpone their work, but a few days lingering on the couch won’t do miracles, it will take you on the fastest path towards your own destruction. It’s kind of like a double edged sword: you have to be professional about it, but also make sure your work is done as good as you can possibly make it.


So, what are you waiting for? Finish that amazing meal, drink your glass of wine, stuff your face with some chocolate or cheese and go ahead and work. I know you all don’t have to; the speech is actually more for me, but I will let you use it when you will all be on your way to work and I will be tucked in my bed. Over and out!

About the author

Ela Vasilescu

I’m a writer based in Florence, Italy.

Human nature inspires me, different cultures, traditions, folk stories and the differences which make us unique. Documenting stories is a privilege, a glimpse into humanity, an unforgettable experience, one which I embrace and honour every day.

If you have a story twitching in the back of your pocket, one that is ready to be told, shared and heard, chances are I will be ready to listen; so don’t hesitate to send me an email.

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By Ela Vasilescu
Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu