Monday, May 7, 2012
No, I'm not in prison. Well, sometimes I feel like I'm in some sort of prison, but I'm just referring to something that I've been thinking a lot about. Time.
A wise gal told me, "You have to do your time."
Smart words, and ones I think about everyday. Things come to us in time whether we like it or not. We have to practice, and strengthen what it is that we want to achieve. In writing, for me, it means to write everyday even if it has nothing to do with any of my WiPs. No one gains knowledge of what they are passionate about without putting their time in. No matter if they have talent or not. Sure some people get lucky, but at some point they must do their time. What they are famous for may not be their best work, they have to make a decision to make the next piece even better or just settle. It's all what you want and how much you want it. I look to some of my favorite bands who still perform and produce new music. I think of how they sounded when they started and what they sound like now (I'm talking 20 years later). Big changes.
Think about it, how long has it taken for you to become you? And most likely, you're still figuring you out.
I even look back on my career as an interior designer and realize how long it took me to get to where I am and how I could improve. It takes time. So that's what I'm doing with my writing--doin' time. Sure, my impatience is like a flea that just ate a Pixie Stick, but I know I must keep going and learn to get to where I want to be.
Sure, circumstances will pop up and they may slow us down, but if you want something and you keep working at it, you will put in your time, and your reward will come.
Are you doing your time?
How was your weekend?
Have a great day!