I sat there at a conference listening to Sheila Walsh speak.
She shared a story about a woman who had come up to her and said she wished she could be a writer like Sheila was.
When I heard that, my heart stirred.
Because I wanted to be a writer, too.
When I was a kid, I use to enter my poems in poetry contests.
I wrote stories that got published in a little anthology my school district printed.
And in high school, my favorite classes were English Literature and Writing.
So how was it that years later, sitting at that conference, I found myself so far away from what I loved?
After going to college, getting my MBA, working at HP for several years, and then making the decision to stay be a stay-at-home mom, I felt a new tug on my heart.
The distance from the corporate world, and the time I was able to spend reading children’s books to my daughter had reawakened my long-quieted passion for writing.
I dreamed of writing a book, but having been away from writing for so long, my dream seemed far off.
As Sheila talked about that woman who dreamed the same thing, I sat on the edge of my seat.
And when she shared what she told her, it really hit me.
Just start, she said. Whether it’s five minutes a day, or ten. Just start writing. And then you are a writer.
It was one of the most freeing things I’d ever heard.
I didn’t have to long to be a writer. Or dream of it. I didn’t have to imagine what it would be like, or worry that I’d already missed my chance.
All I had to do was start.
And so I did.
Between diapers and potty training and play dates,
between preschool and doctor appointments and swim lessons,
and started to write.
Sometimes I wrote ten minutes a day because that’s all I had.
Sometimes, on days when the kids took long naps, I wrote more.
It wasn’t easy.
But nothing worthwhile is.
So if you’re in the same place I was, wishing you could be a writer (or wishing something else)…
And then you will be. :)
p.s. If you’re interested in checking out some writing resources and links, click on Resources on my nav bar above. I’ve got a bunch listed there. :)