Hangovers are no fun – everyone knows that. But today (on a day when I succeeded in getting out of bed at 1pm in order to eat a dozen pancakes and then got right back under the covers) I’ll happily choose a different point of view on them.
Now that the advil is finally working and the headache has begun to recede, my Sunday outlook takes on a slightly rosier glow. The couch seems more comfortable, the water more refreshing, Maisey more adorable.
The thing about hangovers is that they’re part of life. Whether it’s from alcohol, just coming down after a particularly thrilling day, or getting over a sickness – days when we feel less than our best are inevitable.
But hangovers also signify that we have not 1, but 2 different experiences to draw from. Oft-quoted writing advice spends a lot of time talking about how important it is for anybody doing anything creative to get out and experience life. Those experiences inform the things we create, influence them, and add much needed depth, understanding, and authenticity.
Having a hangover means we did something!
Are they to be lauded? No, probably not. But they do signal that we were doing something fun and memorable (either that or the Redskins lost again). That’s something that’ll recharge our creativity. It’s something we can draw from. For me specifically, the fact that I got to spend so much time with so many friends yesterday was a blessing.
And then there’s the hangover itself.
If we pay attention to how we feel during these times, we can better understand and describe low moments in our art. In my current project (the one I just started a few weeks ago), my protagonist has a few vices, and I am positive he will have a hangover at some point, most likely at a very inopportune time (don’t worry though, he’s a good person and it won’t keep you from loving his character). Writing out how I feel now will help me describe how he feels when I get to that point in the story.
So there we are.
It’s Sunday. I’m hungover.
But I’m feeling pretty good about it.
And I hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well!