Hi everyone! I’ve had a strange and interesting week and thought I’d share a bit of it with you. I don’t normally talk about my “world”, a personal choice, but today I’m going to diverge from that.
First up, my oldest daughter. Beth. She is eighteen and graduates high school in four days as third in her class with a 4.0 GPA. Beth has always been driven to learn and excel, I call her my boy and she is a tough, rock-solid, young woman. She is an all-star academic, has enough varsity sports letters and chevons to cover the entire sleeve of her school jacket and won her schools most prestigious mathematics award. She has been accepted to a major university and fully funded for their pre-law program, my future prosecutor.
And on Thursday night, Beth was named as City Athlete of the Year for the mid-sized city we live in – a major honor that came hoped for but unexpected. We are all very proud of her. I am very proud of her.
Why do I bring this up? First, to honor her achievements, because they are well-earned. Second, because Thursday morning I realized that I hadn’t posted on Wednesday. Sometimes we have such fantastic stuff going on in our worlds that other things just fall to the side for a time. There is nothing wrong with that. And this is my point, because I see many people stressing when their lives interfere with the nuances of their goals, when some small thing falls to the side so that something greater can have our attention. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Those close to us deserve our honor and attention and times, we should never let the little things keep us from missing the moments that are truly important.
My first career was as a certified nursing assistant. This gave me a chance to talk and get to know a host of people at the end of their long life journeys. I often talked to those I cared for about their lives and experiences. I never once heard one say, “there was that day I got four hundred twenty-eight words in fifteen minutes,” or “I missed a blog post once because my darn kids kept me so busy.” No, they talked about the moments that mattered with family, long-range personal achievements, places they’d traveled and the interesting things they’d seen.
Enjoy life, my friends, and don’t stress the adjustments or “losses” that occur as a result. We control our goals, not the other way around – took me a long time to learn that and become comfortable with the thought, but I will say that I’m far happier since arriving at the epiphany. And, I’m enjoying life and family more. And – I’m more productive overall.
And now the update…
-Write 7k of fiction each week. Nope, this didn’t happen this week. Not a single word. From last Sunday until yesterday when I posted Blog Treasures I didn’t blog or formally write – things were that busy and I concentrated on life. However, this isn’t to say I was completely idle. I did begin plotting out and working on a treatment for what will be my first official fiction series – paranormal sci-fi, novella length. I also finished setting up and learning all the apps for my “phone as a mobile work station” project (which went so well my wife is having me set hers up the same way today). So, no I didn’t write, but yes, I did accomplish my long range goals.
-Read, well, this is on hold but I do have the next set of books picked out. I’ll put an official “read by” date on this one next week once I’m past Beth’s graduation and the end of the school year for the other kiddo’s. The next batch: Three e-books: Mugging Your Muse by Holly Lisle, You Are A Writer by Jeff Goins and Platform by Michael Hyatt. One print craft book: Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland. Three fiction: White Star by James Thayer (sniper thriller), Leap Point by Kay Kenyon (paranormal sci-fi) and The Inshore Squadron by Alexander Kent (Victorian-era war series). I’ll be doing a bit of reading *grins*
-Visit at least 15 ROWers each week. Yep, right on the number last week and I’m hoping to get around to a few more than that today. Be sure to get out and support your fellow ROWers and remember that life, every day of it, is a precious commodity that should be cherished and savored – Carpe diem, mei amici.