Chasing Tires

Riely on the beachChasing Tires

When I grew up our preferred pet was a dog. Back then, a dog, was a dog, was a dog. They roamed freely in and out of open doors, chased us, and ran beside us as we rode our bikes down the street or roller skated on sidewalks. To that point (and freedom being the key here) our dogs had a bad habit of also chasing cars, biting at the big rubber tires that rolled 2000 pounds of steel down our street. By some magic, our dogs never got run over but came mighty close to it.

But it was when they were able to sit in the front seat, window down, head out and tongue lapping at the wind that made life worth living. Now that was fun! Not only for the dogs but for us as well. There was something magical about rolling down the road with my parents, dog in my lap, wind pushing his face into a flappable, loveable contortion that made us all laugh.  

Writing is a little like that. Sometimes as writers we chase things. We try to chase down a 2000 pound goal or dream before we write one ounce of a word. I have learned that it is far better to enjoy the journey, just like my dog did when I was a kid. Ride joyfully on your writing journey; let whimsy make you look silly, soak up the sun that might shine on a clever idea, allow the frustration of raindrops. It is good to have dreams for your creative efforts. It can feel energizing to imagine that one day you will hold a book you wrote in your hands. It's not even detrimental to imagine a best seller in your future. But it can be. It can kill your writing goals and dreams faster than a car can crush a beloved pet.

Just do your art. Practice it. Write. Write with abandon. Write like someone else is driving it down the road and all you have to do is hang your head out of the window, enjoy the journey, and let the wind make fun of the loose skin on your hands and face. Writing is a privilege. It is the greatest tool to keep our society free. It is how we motivate, change perceptions, offer entertainment, create new ideas, build new worlds. Remember, Jim Henson did not create Kermit for Sesame Street. Sesame Street was the result of his creation of Kermit.

You cannot know where your story or writing will carry you, but there is certainty that you can enjoy the journey as long as you are inside the car!

Wishing you blank pages and a muse that inspires you to fill them!


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