Sabbatical from Paradise
You’re expecting a recap from Bachelor in Paradise. I totally understand your confusion and completely get why you may be disappointed with this post. After many days of consideration, I have decided neither recap nor podcast about Bachelor in Paradise this season.
Am I walking away from the franchise? Heavens no. I’ve been recapping this show for a third of my life, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon, apart from this short break.
Why am I stepping down for a quick sabbatical? I’m glad you asked. Several points were factored into my decision. I’ve included them in a handy dandy bullet point list for your convenience:
- Traditionally, Bachelor in Paradise airs in the summertime. Its push to the fall months is problematic for me because I teach in September, October, and November. It wouldn’t be such a pain if the show only aired once per week, like a regular season. But since it’s two nights per week, I would have to block out four hours just to watch the debauchery. That’s not counting writing the recap or recording and editing the podcast.
- I have two part-time jobs, which, hourly, equals a whole-time job. That hasn’t been the case since I stepped away from the oil and gas business to be a full-time writer in 2016. Anything extra I do with my time outside my jobs must be completed after work or on weekends.
- There is a heaviness that comes with this reality. I feel like I’m letting everyone down by NOT writing about the show. Part of me thinks I’ve lost my grind. I’ve felt this since the beginning of COVID.
- Was that too much truth talk?
- When I watched the first episode, I wasn’t entertained. I want these people to find love on the beaches of Mexico! I’m not interested in watching them pretend not to know each other and bicker on night one.
- Does that mean I’m not going to watch the season? WRONG. Of course, I’m going to watch the season. I’m just not going to write about it. Or podcast about it.
- I will be podcasting about other things.
- And perhaps writing about other things, too.
- I wrote in my book how this community of readers helped me out of a deep, dark hole when I was secretly going through a divorce. It’s special here, and I am in awe that anyone would think twice about the words I write on the page.
- Yet here you are.
- Thank you.
- My cup runneth over.