One day while working in the State Department I had a vision. I say vision because I was wide awake.
An old woman in a gorgeous canopy bed just appeared. She was sobbing. When I approached her, she pleaded with me to not let fear, or anything else stop me from pursuing my goals. That I would succeed if only I jumped in with both feet. When I asked why she cared, she told me she was giving me a second chance to rewrite my past. (Turns out she was me.) The experience gave me the courage to go to LA and pursue acting and music.
At the time it seemed like what I needed to hear.
But now I think my older self was misguided.
Maybe using our internal GPS is the best way to approach life goals. You have destinations in mind, and are open to getting re-routed along the way. In addition, if the weather at a certain spot makes it impossible to get there, you change your destination altogether.
Flexibility allows you to swerve around the potholes, while softening the blow if you have to drive over them.
If I have a chance to go back to my younger self again, this is the advice I’d share.
As I embark upon a new journey to published writerland, I’m asking myself to stay open to detours, or new destinations, along the way.
For a good example of flexibility in action, check out The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz.
Born a night fairy, Flory’s life takes a drastic turn when she loses her wings. Forced to live on the ground, Flory must learn new skills in order to survive. These include fighting off predators using a thorn sword, and finding food on foot. Ultimately, she decides to change her very nature into that of a day fairy.
Ultimately Flory succeeds because she accepts her new situation, rather than trying to get back to her old life.
Though the book is targeted for younger readers, aged 6-9, I think all of us could learn a thing or two from Flory.
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