Many years ago I once asked a colleague, “What if my ship came in and I missed it?”
We were having a discussion about life goals and dreams and how we advised University Students. We were both Academic Advisors, so you know, not too out-of-place a conversation.
Over the conversation, my thoughts turned inward, to my writing and my writing career. There used to be a popular saying, I don’t know if it is still used, that referred to obtaining success or reaching your goals, it was when your ship came in. It seems to me the saying is much along the lines of having a one-and-only true love in your life, or a soulmate. Could we have only one ship that represented our goals and dreams and we were on our way? And what if we’d missed it?
I must admit here, that I’d made a rather monumental decision that drastically affected my writing career, and I was having a lot of regrets. What if that was it? That was my one chance?
Far too often we feel the same way about aging and writing. If we haven’t written a book, or published one, by the time we are a certain age, we should just forget it. “That ship has sailed” so to speak.
Full-time work that pays well enough to put a roof over our heads, food in the fridge, and clothes on our backs, takes up a lot of time and mental energy. Not to mention the responsibilities of having children and family and community engagements. As a result, we believe that the time for writing our book has passed.
As entrepreneurs, running our own business, we know that publishing a book will help expand our reach, help more people, and grow our business, but the day-too-day operations of the business take over and push writing to the side.
In no time, we believe it is too late to write that book. We’re too old, we have too many responsibilities. That ship has sailed.
If the idea, the plan, the dream, is still to write a book, this is usually when talk of “I’ll write it when I retire” comes up.
Just like soulmates and true love, I don’t think there is just one for each of us. And I most certainly don’t think there is just one “ship” for us.
It is never too late to start writing. If you used to write and want to get back to it, it is never too late to do that either.
The notion of having one “ship”, only once chance at writing or publishing, or too late, suggests that writing and publishing has a deadline. Perhaps if we were athletes competing in Olympic trials for certain sports, we might age out of competitiveness, bet even then, that isn’t necessarily true any more.
Who says we can’t start writing our book at thirty, or fifty, or seventy? Who says we can only start writing in January as a New Year’s Resolution, or on our Birthday as a Birthday Resolution? Who says that one missed publishing opportunity or one rejection, is the only one?
The only one saying these things to us, is us. Our Inner Saboteur, is stopping us from taking a chance, from pursuing our goals, growing our business, because it is something new and exciting and it scares us. It scares our Inner Saboteur.
If you want to write, start today. One word, one sentence, one paragraph at a time.
If you want to get back to writing after months or years away, start today. Start now. One word, one sentence, one paragraph at a time.
There are no limits. If one book doesn’t work out, you write another. That is one of the most beautiful parts of the writing life. We don’t age out.
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