R – Reflection
The last few years have given me reason to pause and reflect on my life and the direction I’m headed. My life is SO different now than what it was just a few years ago. In a good way.
I’m also getting older, which certainly beats the alternative! This has made me think about my future as well.
Man, I never thought I would live this long! Like they say, I would have taken better care of myself! I’m pretty lucky in that regard. I’m in very good health. A few aches & pains. But we all have those, right?
For the first time in my life, I am putting my future needs number 1. I think that in the past, I had a “what will be will be” kind of outlook. Now, I realize that I have the ability to make a positive difference in my future.
So I’m getting my ducks in a row. It will take a couple of years, to get where I need to be. It feels really good to have a Direction, an Outline, a Path!!
“Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me
What a long, strange trip it’s been”
-Lyrics courtesy of the Grateful Dead
When I get inspiration for something to write about, it is usually just a small “ping”. It’s just a wisp of an idea. The exception is my longer pieces, stories. These I usually have at least the basic plot and flow of the story in mind before I start.
I had a real “ping” today. http://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/ RonovanWrites has a wonderful blog that you should take a look at. He did a poem yesterday inspired by a picture. You can find it here. http://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/truth-in-a-picture/
Not only is the poem beautiful and thought provoking, but today, Ronovan went into explanation as to how the poem “wrote itself”. http://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/how-i-wrote-a-poem/
This train of thought is what gave me fuel today. That “ping”.
When I sit down to write, most of the time I am completely swept away by the story or point I want to make. I fall down The Rabbit Hole. My journey is usually one that is unexpected.
I have heard other writers make the same type of reference. I had no idea how true it was until recently. What may start out as a humorous story may end up being a real tear-jerker. I just never know where my keyboard will take me.
The world falls away and I am carried to that magical, mystical place that only few know. When I am completely immersed in something, I don’t want to pull myself back into reality. The feeling is exhilarating and powerful! It’s something I have come to crave.
When I don’t get my fix; when my keyboard is on strike, I feel let down, disappointed somehow.
I am not as prolific a writer as many of the wonderful people I follow on WordPress. I want to be, believe me. I need my fix.
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