They say the definition of insanity is repeating the same action while expecting different results, “they” being anonymous possibly to avoid the consequences of making such a lucid statement. It’s far too easy to accept an easily-consumed life doused with equal parts of wishes, hope, and lethargy. Tweet this! This can apply to every avenue of living, not just the writing life. Sometimes, even, we let writing get in the way of living. That happens once in a while for most of us, usually for reasons over which we have little or no control. At such times, maintaining a sense of humor is the way to make it through.
When writing crowds out the rest of life on a regular basis, it becomes a god demanding to be served at all costs. Historically, service to an idol could involve sacrificial offerings, sometimes of human lives. Reasons for worshiping touched on fear, reverence, and greed. Rewards included affirmation, a sense of belonging, and advancement. How close to these reasons and rewards does writing take us? It’s one thing to respect myself as a writer and polish my craft until it shines. It’s another to slavishly devote myself to writing as a grind that excludes all else. Having said this, I must also state that forces within the world of publishing can and do place super-human expectations on writers. That’s no excuse, though. We teach others how to treat us.
Attaining balance is key, and that requires us inevitably to disappoint the unrealistic expectations of others. Tweet this! As a reality that doesn’t sit well with me, but I’ve come to embrace it. If I didn’t, I’d reach the finish line having run the wrong race. I don’t miss deadlines or renege on promises but do give greater consideration to the cost of commitments before I make them
I’d like to hike across England, take up bicycling, raise my own vegetables, and spend more quality time with family and friends. My dreams won’t happen if I don’t give them time and consideration. Tweet this! Some put together bucket lists of things they want to accomplish or experience in their lives. That’s not a bad idea provided they take time to pull achievable goals from their dreams. Setting, scheduling, and attaining goals requires time and attention, but it’s worth it to live with passion.
How about you? Can you name other dreams into which you should breathe life?
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