The Writer’s Response to the Quandary

Of course you’re not going to fold it all up. What drove you to even suggest that? As if writing or not writing were even a choice. It is in the breath that you live by, who you are. Separating one from the other is impossible, like asking a heart to stop pumping blood. Haven’t you even been paying attention after all these years?

Yes, it’s hard. I know. I get it. Lots of things in life are hard. Hell, don’t you think there’ve been times myself I’d rather be curled up with some wicked fantasy at two in the morning than sitting at the desk with you; or spend the day putzing about the garden, walking through the woods, working on projects around the house and/or otherwise passing the time doing something else good — anything else good! — with my hands?

Nobody said it was going to be easy.

And speaking of easy, hasn’t this past year taught you anything? Haven’t you been listening to your own advice? Buck up, man, and make it happen. Overcoming hardship takes effort. It takes knowledge and passion and drive and when there is simply no other alternative, it also takes sacrifice.

You’re lucky. You’ve found something you love and when you find something you love giving yourself to it is easy. An image comes to you and you wrap your thoughts around it and you turn it around in your hands, over and over, until you discover what matters about it and you fall in love.

Isn’t that the message you’ve been trying to teach? Let nothing stand in your way.

There will always be some reason you can find for not following your heart. Illness, money, time. But what is the point of a life without envy if not pursuing your dreams no matter what?

Maybe now is the time more than ever that you lead the way by example.

5 thoughts on “The Writer’s Response to the Quandary

  1. It’s a no brainer, Steve. The mere fact that you have termed it a quandary rather than just going out and getting a corporate job and donning a suit proves that point! Writing isn’t easy. But not writing, for you, would be worse, I imagine.
    You write because it is who you are. That is what Lia takes with her, every day. The range that life can offer and that we all have choices.
    Sorry I haven’t commented for a bit. Been busy with the boy wonder. He’s doing well. All into sharks and dinosaurs at the moment. Love to you all.

  2. Thanks Reyna. You had a great one to share today. Amazing. Simply amazing. You should be very proud of yourself.

    Jenny — As my older “long lost twin”, you know me better than most. So you know that the only true measure of time for me is the moment I’m living right now. Not always, but always when it suits me 🙂

  3. Okay — I read through this 3x — I’m a little confused, what is the bottom line here…. you will never give up writing, I get that, was there ever a question that you would? Its amazing how well we can do so many things and I’m grateful that we can. I don’t think it has to be a choice of either / or…. you can do it all. It just may not happen in “your” time frame.

  4. Chin up Steve…your words are always so well placed. I am “envious” of your writing. I never cared for writing. Still don’t really…but I love to “tell a story”. And, I love to read well-written material such as yours. As always, Thank You.

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