One thing that being a parent has shown me, especially being Avery’s mom, is that often, what I need to do most, what I need to get much better at, is letting go of the way I think things should be. The lesson: to watch as things unfold as they should. To allow it to happen. Even, to embrace it.
Tomorrow, I’m going to open my heart and mind to a new experience: NaNoWriMo. For many many years, I was taught that writing was a serious pursuit. That it should be undertaken mindfully; that to do it, you needed to study, and to be educated. Which is true, of course, but only to a certain extent. When I think about why I began writing, as an 8-year-old girl sitting on my bed in my pink bedroom with the matching nightstand/dresser/desk/hutch in white wood with gold trim, I hadn’t yet learned all that. I wrote because it was fun.
Which is why I’m doing NaNo! It’s the opposite of what I’d usually do. It’s unexpected. It’s challenging and a little bit scary. And mostly, I think it’ll be fun.
Join me, if you like! And if writing isn’t your thing, then pick something else! Try something this month that you wouldn’t normally do. That you think is too hard, or too scary. Which might actually turn out to be NaNo afterall….
Wish me luck!