I found this post today while I was doing my favorite activity…scrolling through Facebook! Sometimes we find things that resonate with us at a particular time. I feel like I needed this today. There are oftentimes, as a writer and with life in general, we feel rushed.
Rushed to succeed, rushed to feel like we have, to meet life’s milestones in a timely fashion. You get married, you have babies, build a home and balance a career. It’s what you do.
So what do you do when you haven’t checked off these boxes? You rush. You push yourself to make it work and every little snag in the plan feels like the end of the world. That’s how I’ve felt for years since I decided I didn’t want to pursue a career in marine biology. I was starting over from scratch, after all. Find out I wanted to write was a dream. That was also about four years ago.
Have I gotten where I want to be? Of course not. You can’t build something from the ground up and expect to be successful overnight. Unfortunately, I did. I still do sometimes when it’s late at night, just me alone with my thoughts, wondering when I’ll ‘grow up.’
I’ve done fairly well for only having two books on the market. I made it into the top 100 on Amazon’s Contemporary Fiction, Romance subcategory. Still it’s not enough if I can’t support myself and my family.
Then you see these little signs. Be patient. Be easy with yourself. This is a marathon, not a sprint. And it does something to the soul.
Sometimes we all need to take a moment and breath.