I know, the title looks like I’m trying to sell you something. The only thing I ‘m selling in this post is some advice, and it’s worth every penny you’re paying for it.
Something hit me right between the eyes yesterday. I’m not sure what you call it. Maybe an epiphany, or inspiration or lightning. I don’t know.
I try not to get too personal here on this blog. For the purposes of this post I have to so bear with me.
I’m 49. I’m not certain when it happened, but at some point in the recent past I decided it was too late. My health ain’t the greatest and I figured I got about a dozen years left. Too late to do the things I’ve always wanted, so I resigned myself to just try and make it through, figuring out ways to bring in income and just exist. Figured if I got a novel or two done, I’d be ahead of the game and that would be good enough.
Dammit it’s not good enough.
I am turning this boat around. It’s not too late.
I am going to move someplace warm. There’s a lot of things I like about living in Alaska but it is just not normal civilization. Being holed up inside for six months a year should drive a person batty.
I will walk on the beach, I will teach Maddy the joy of exploring the ocean, I will get my sailing game on, I will explore the desert and sleep under the heavens full of stars. I’m throwing off the shackles. I don’t know how I’m going to do this, and frankly I don’t care.
I am going to finish the writing I’ve started. I will have something to show, I will make my mark.
I had given up, but I am demanding a retraction from myself.
Here is where I hope to make an impact on anyone who reads this blog. It is not too late! Stop. Examine what it is you are doing and what you have settled for.
If you think it is too late to start your novel, you’re wrong.
If you think it is too late to finish what you’ve started, you’re wrong.
If you think you have to settle for something you don’t want, you’re wrong.
If you think the best has somehow passed you by, you’re wrong.
If you think it’s too late to (fill in the blank) you’re wrong.