Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Changes



Sometime ago – maybe it was a year or two ago – I had a very strong feeling that it was time for me to take a new path in life. My journey so far had me devoting 10 years of my life to “author stuff” and throwing myself into all things involved in being a writer. But then I started feeling the stirrings of change in the wind. I knew that change was coming and that soon I would abandon my obsession with writing books and being a writer in general.

Well, that day came. The day when I knew that, yes, it was now time for a change.

Unfortunately, I didn’t know what that change was. I knew I had to be doing something else but … WHAT? Where was I supposed to go now? What did I plan to do with my life now?

Even as I knew I would continue to write (just not as obsessively), I also knew that it was time for a new path.

But I couldn’t figure out WHAT that path was!

And it took me a long time to figure it out. The whole scope of the change finally came to me yesterday in a bolt of inspiration. Up until then, I had bits and pieces of these ideas and I was trying to figure out how to make them all work.

Well, I have figured that out now. It was like, BOOM! It hit me right out of the blue how to put ALL of those ideas together into one thing and to make it all work. I immediately sat down to put together a plan for it.

Some of these new things I’ll be doing are going to take me a long time to make a reality, especially since one of them requires years of schooling, internship and practice to make it an official thing. But I am willing to put in the time for it. I mean, what the heck else am I going to do with my life? I'm not going to spend it doing nothing.

I am now more confident about these changes and this new journey in life now that I have figured out the steps I need to take with them and how to bring it all together. The things I want to do and the new career paths will definitely be an exciting challenge for me and I am looking forward to seeing how it will all work out with each of those things.

And while I am a bit concerned that maybe I am putting too many irons into the fire at one time, I think it is the best course of action for me to take to ensure that at least SOMETHING will go right and I will actually have something viable that allows me to earn a decent living for my family. Writing books was not exactly helping me to earn a living, but I stuck with it because it’s my passion. Pretty much why I will continue to stick with it. (I think it’s important to pursue our passions.) But the mistake I made was devoting 10 years to Just That One Thing. Being an author. I REALLY do need something in place that helps me to earn a living and I think one or more of these new ventures will make that happen. And, you know, I figure, if I can’t get a job (after years of trying!), then I will give myself one. Hopefully one of these new things will work out better than my attempts at being a financially successful author.

I will continue to write books, but I can no longer devote hours of the week to it. I must use that energy for other things.

Unfortunately, I can’t start these changes now. For the time being, I need to finish writing the books that I have at present not finished writing. Once that is done, I will create a more feasible writing schedule for new books that complements the other things that I will have going on. Also, I will use the time left to learn everything I can about what I need to do for these new pursuits.

So it looks like I won’t be able to start implementing my plan for these new pursuits until the new year. And I am fine with that. I have time to wrap up loose ends now and finish other things now. I will use this time to get all my ducks in a row and get everything done and ready.

I will also be using a new blog to chart my progress with these new pursuits. This particular blog is mainly for things going on in the family. I started this blog shortly after moving from California to Oregon and for the purpose of keeping family updated on what’s going on with us while living here, so far away from them. But it would seem that it really does not serve that purpose anymore. For one thing, there’s Facebook, which I have used to stay in touch with family. And for another, the things I write about stuff going on with us are just not that important to family anymore so I will reserve everything for my own personal journal. Blog posts about my family just aren’t that big of a deal anymore so that’s why I stopped blogging here.

The new blog will be my own personal journey and about the new pursuits. I will be blogging about them only for my own reasons. I really don’t care if nobody gives a crap about what I write on the new blog or not. Don’t care if there’s no audience for it or whatever. It will just be my own thing.

Which pretty much speaks for everything else in my life.

So here’s to the forthcoming new journey!