NBA players endure an intense regular season, pushing their bodies to the limit with minimal rest time between games. The offseason is a time to rest and train, offering much-needed recovery both physically and mentally. Work hard, play hard - this is the essential cycle for successful athletes and creatives.
I approached the past year the same way - dedicating Fall, Winter, and Spring to focus on improving my writing craft. This meant making sacrifices and saying ‘no’ to many hangouts and parties. However, this is unsustainable, which is why Summer acts as my offseason. This is the time to be spontaneous, open to serendipity, and experiment.