Milestones & Park Benches
This writing journey has been marked with milestones and park benches. Both make me nervous. To get to the milestones, I’ve had to push myself and step outside my comfort zone. To sit on the park bench is also uncomfortable because it always involves waiting.
I wrote on my first story for over a year-and-a-half before I told anyone what I was doing. That was the first milestone of many in this writing journey. I remember looking at the website for ACFW and knowing I’d never have the nerve to attend their national convention. I’d find the names of editors and agents and know there was no way I’d ever get to meet, much less tell them about my story. I prayed that somehow I’d get to talk to a real author about my story and hopefully they’d tell me if I could even write.
In the years since showing my good friend that first story, I’ve attended several ACFW conventions, met with editors and agents and have met some authors who have taken a real interest in me and my writing. I’ve been very blessed by each milestone.
I’m at a park bench time right now. That time of waiting that isn’t always so fun. It’s hard to sit on the bench and not feel guilty for all the writing milestones I’m not meeting. To know my current story is half-finished and there isn’t a lot of time or brain cells left at the end of the day to journey into my story world. Instead, my mind is filled with next week’s lesson plans and what chores need to be done at home.
But there’s also a certain peace that has joined me on this particular bench. I know I’m right where I should be at this moment of my life. I know my writing will still be there when this time passes. I’ve been blessed with a job that I love and the added bonus is I get paid to do it!
Deb Raney has told me more than one, “A woman can have it all, just not all at the same time.” True words that assure me it’s okay to be sitting on the park bench. Someday I’ll reach that next milestone and it will be all the sweeter!