Saturday, September 15, 2007

Life is Good

Life is full of changes. Actually, it is an ever-evolving series of changes. You begin as a child, totally dependant on those around you for absolutely everything you need. Your family fusses over you, encourages you. Life is good.

Then, one day, out of the blue, you are no longer the cute, cuddly toddler that everyone fusses over. You start to grow and evolve and change. You make some decisions for yourself. You are called precocious because of the whole free-will thing.

Suddenly you are in high school and asked to make decisions that will affect the rest of your life. Next is the question of college—to go or not to go—which school offers the best program for whatever you are planning on doing with the rest of your life, uh, career, we are not defined by our jobs…right?

With the completion of formal education behind you, it is time to find that all important first job, the stepping stone to launch your career. More important decisions: to marry or not, to have kids or not, which career path to take. It is all so very exhausting.

I have reached the altered path portion of my life journey, a chance to revisit a portion of the Road Not Taken path. It has been quite an adventure, and, except for the past couple years medical history, there is very little I would change. But, things happen for a reason. You learn, you grow. It is the choices we make in life—not just the major “which path to follow” choices, but the every-day choices that truly tells us who we are and where our priorities lie.

I am a mom. It is not simply a biological fact, but a way of life. And, my son is, gulp….a teenager. True. It is a challenging time. Thankfully the parent-son relationship we have had has been awesome. I have been truly blessed. My son began college this year. By definition, this has altered both of our lives in phenomenal ways. For me, it has very recently led me back to writing. This is something I truly enjoyed but never pursued.

It began with a fantasy novel my son and I have begun to write. I also have a mystery novel in very early stages. Additionally, I have recently entered a few writing contests and have been blessed with their outcomes, a “made it to the final level of judging” (unfortunately, did not win, but it was very encouraging to get the feedback I received from the editor), an honorable mention, and even a first place. I have had a few articles and stories published on different websites. Life is good.

I am new to the world of blogging, but look forward to having a place to periodically write what’s on my mind. I have really enjoyed writing again. Who knows, maybe it will lead to the dream I had of becoming an author. Hey, stranger things have happened....right?? A posting on a web-discussion group I have joined reminds me “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” It’s Just a Thought.


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