I haven’t blogged in a while primarily because I’ve been focused on publishing my upcoming book, “Living with the Dragon” which will be launched this summer. Writing is extremely cathartic because it takes what’s inside our head and transfers it onto paper (or a screen nowadays). It’s currently in the editing stages and I can’t wait to get started on the design of the cover.
In between work, looking after my son and myself, I’ve tried to squeeze in every ounce of time I can to my book and am extremely proud of it.
I’m also training for another Spartan relay on June 10th followed by the Coho 14 kms run in September which I’ve practically made an annual event for myself. I really enjoy exercising because it clears my mind from all the tangled thoughts and usually gives me more energy afterwards, ironically. Most of the time I’ll translate that energy into something positive whether it’s preparing something healthy for me to eat or continue working on my book.
Not only am I excited for these great things coming up, I’m a feeling a little nervous too. I’m an introvert by nature and being an author feels like the opposite of what introverts like to do which is to put themselves out there for critiquing and display. I know these fears are self-generated, but my guess is that the feeling of fear is because I want the book to succeed on so many levels. My hope is to inspire others who have gone through similar challenges and to launch me into something greater. Because it’s autobiographical (much like my blog), it leaves me open to be stigmatized and judged. In contrast, it will also put me out there to inspire others which is ultimately my end goal.
I’ve never been much of a risk taker but I feel in my mid-forties, taking risks becomes less frightening. I’m not sure why but it might have something to do with my realization that time is finite on this planet and if we don’t do what we want to do now, when will we ever? I cringe at the thought of waiting until I retire before I pursue my passions and enjoy myself because it seems like a wasted lifetime of over 60 years of working hard to finally relax…something doesn’t sit well with me thinking about retirement that way.
I’ve been rambling much in this blog today, so I’ll sum this up in 3 short points on what’s going on in my head today:
- I’m excited about publishing my book, Living with the Dragon.
- I have many great events that I’m training for and looking forward to.
- I want to do my best to pursue what makes me happy now. Life is short and we have so many wonderful dreams and passions that we’ve always wanted to pursue – take risks because we might miss out on some of the greater joys in life if we continue with our routine life day in and out.
Have yourselves a wonderful weekend my friends!