I’m the kind of person whose head is always stuck in the future.
When we pay this off, then we’ll be able to…
When I finish this manuscript, I have to work on…
One of these days, I’m going to achieve ____, and then I’ll have arrived.
But I’ve noticed that the arrival never happens. After each project, there is another one. Even financially, there is always another goal ahead of the one we achieve. Pay off this, save up for that. When I reach one milestone, I start aiming at the next. I’m the teensiest bit Type A. Had you noticed? 😉
Then I came across this thought on Glennon Doyle’s Facebook page, and it gave me pause.
I’ve often said that you’ll never be able to be a writer unless you love the process. And I don’t use the word “love” lightly. Unless you thoroughly enjoy all the different stages, you’ll quit. There’s no way you could keep going… and I’m truly grateful that I do love the the process!
But every now and then, I have to let go of all my goals, all my “when I do this” thoughts, and just enjoy the moment. Because while achieving is important to me, it’s actually about the writing. I love the writing.
When I pay off this, then I’ll be able to… continue writing.
When I finish this manuscript…. I’ll be a writer working on edits.
One of these days, I’ll win an award or hit the New York Times Bestsellers list, or, or, or… and THEN… I’ll sit down and write the next book.
It’s so simple. No matter how far I go, or how much I achieve, I’m a writer because I love writing. There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing. And even if you gave me $1 million dollars, the very next day I’d sit down and continue on whatever manuscript I was working on. Because I’m a writer. It’s in my blood.
Stopping to enjoy the moment isn’t a bad thing, because this moment, right here, is the fun part!