In the middle of the rush of life, it’s hard to sometimes stop and smell the flowers. Hell, it’s even harder to smell any flowers when the bigger cold cuts at your skin and everything around you is dead and covered in snow. Regardless of the weather, people need to take a few moments to just breathe and let the goodness of their lives sink in.
I have a lot of good things going for me. Yesterday, for instance, I spent the whole day making nerdy collages. My productivity level peaked at around one o’clock and I just put together images. It was fun. It was entertaining. And, it kept me occupied until I had to go to work. It was mostly there for time to think about all the stuff I’ve built for my superhero universe. And just seeing it all laid out before me made me smile.
I need to take the time to not get wrapped up in the drama of writing and creation. I tend to get wrapped up in the monotony of editing and need my friend to stop me from the swirl of annoyance and depression I mentioned in the past. The biggest thing that my friends point out is how much better the story is. And if I can take a moment to see that, see the increased change, I can calm myself down. If I can savor what has changed and simmer in the cooking of my novel, I can get my emotions under control.
I have a lot of changes coming up. I have an open call for a job interview in January. I have events every Sunday from here until forever it seems. I have a double root canal on Tuesday. I have novella deadlines and other deadlines waiting for me in January. It’s easy to get wrapped up in all of it and not take time to appreciate how far you’ve gone.
The new year gives you a good time to actually look back, which I’ve obviously been doing here over the last few days. I’ve been looking at where I’ve been, where I want to go, and where I’m at. I want to actually appreciate all of those things. I want to appreciate the possibilities. I want to breathe in the present, and respect the past. None of these are easy things to do, especially when the baggage starts weighing you down.
As the new year fast approaches, less than 12 hours as of this writing or 5 as this posting, I hope to savor a lot more in 2018. I want to take everything in and just breathe calmly. I want to live the best life I can and learn from my mistakes. I want to become a stronger person, a better writer, and someone who has more to give. It’s a long year with a long road ahead of me to bring the inner me forward and hold the bull of the world by the horns. But, I can do this, calmly, one step at a time, and regardless I will savor every moment of it.
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