I'm most recently a writer. In the six plus decades of my life, I've been a wife, mother, grandmother, Jill of all trades though mistress of but a few, and most of the time pretty content with my lot. As a much younger person, I believed I was called to write, but life and living distracted me for most of those decades. An unwilling transplant from the South, twenty years ago I unintentionally landed in the geographical center of the US. Writing came about in part due to the unwillingness, I expect. When caring for family, gardening, and renovating a century-old house failed to provide sufficient creative outlets, I turned to the one thing I always intended to do. Eight titles later, I'm grateful I found myself while Lost in the Plains!
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Nothing stays the same . . .
That sense of accomplishment, crossing something dreamed for off my list of aspirations, makes embracing change easier. I may never do this particular thing again--as in hang wallpaper on ten-foot-high walls--or then again I may--as in write a novel--but for that wondrous moment once the deed is done, I can revel in the sheer bliss of having done it!
I don't grieve for the things I can't do anymore. Oddly, things I loved doing at the time, sewing wedding dresses and making endless floral arrangements, are now just fond memories. I know with complete certainty I will never do those things again. My eyes and hands wouldn't let me, even if I wanted to. But I don't want to, really. Those were opportunities which had their time and place in my life and I gave them the best I had to offer. I did some good work, met some wonderful people, and at the end of their time, I could walk away happily checking them off my list as things accomplished.
I've lived enough to know that around any corner, there can be something new and challenging. Tomorrow, an idea may walk into my head, or an inspiration may take root in my heart, and it won't take long, given my history of stepping out on little more than faith, for me to follow, curious and eager to see if it's really something I can do. I'm willing to fail, but before I admit to failure, I'll give it my best shot, or two or three, if I feel that strongly about it.
"Nothing stays the same and everything changes" a friend of mine was heard to say frequently. She had lived a vagabond life, moving from place to place as her husband changed jobs, and she had learned to adapt to rapidly altered lifestyles and new locales with humor and grace. As a child growing up in the place my family had inhabited for generations, I fully expected I would stay there too, raise my family in the traditional way, secure in the familiar. Life had something else in mind, and after a moment or two of shaking in my shoes, I marched out, determined to show no fear. Change brought new friendships, new tests of my creativity, and new depths to my faith in a God who never sends us forth alone. Change meant opportunities for growth in new soil, freedom to attempt the untested, and permission to try and even to fail. Nothing stays the same, thank Heaven!