Monday, September 6, 2010
Don't be afraid of change
Sometimes we're forced to change direction. Sometimes we have to alter our course to reach our goal. I like to think that everything can be compared to writing, (kind of like running) so here is what I think.
We have dreams, goals, like writing and/or finishing this perfect story. Nothing matters but making it happen, just like we envision. We work toward that end.
Some of you know that I hurt my back. I can't run anymore. I'm devastated, but I figured I'd stay in shape by walking, lifting weights and doing yoga, then be back to running by spring. I soon learned that even walking aggravated my sacrum/hip injury. I could feel myself losing muscle and stamina . . . and happiness.
While talking to my chiropractor, he suggested getting an Air Walker or Air Glider. This was NOT what I wanted, but he knows his business, so I looked for one. That very day I found one. (the ONLY listing for one in all of Utah) and get this . . . it was for sale only twenty minutes from my house for twenty bucks! Now that may not sound huge, but I live way out in BFE, so it IS!
We went, picked it up, and came home. It was practically brand new. Another miracle for ya.
I've used it almost every day. It took ALL pressure off that terribly hurting joint. It's not the same as running, and I miss the pounding of the pavement, but it worked and made me sweat. My calves are not as defined, but dang! My behind is getting tight and high! Woo hoo! Who woulda thunk it?
In my mind, the plan was to run. I LOVE running. I love the feel, I love the burn and how fast your lose weight. But I can't do that right now. Right now, I have to change my plan.
This happens as we write. Your story may not work the way you envisioned it would. You may have to cut scenes you really like. You may have to revamp a character, or even cut that character completely, but guess what? You still get there. You still make it to the end and sometimes, surprise-surprise . . . the story is even better!
Be open to change. Be open to going a different way, a different route. Don't be afraid to branch off in new, undiscovered territory. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you find.