I’d planned to write about something craft-related this week, but reality slapped me instead. I got word today that a friend and fellow western author passed away, Kari Lynn Dell. If you’ve never read her books, check them out. They’re real rodeo romance. She knew, because she was she rode the rodeo road, when she wasn’t running her family cattle ranch in Montana. She had an amazing spirit, and the world is dimmer today, without her.
That lady crammed more into life than anyone I know, and her passing made me think:
See, we all think we have time.
Life seems long, and we get wrapped up in the day-to-day, the micro-view of our world. Work, family, the house, the laundry, details, details, details.
But what about the macro-view?
What is your passion? Have you found yours yet? If so, is your life now feeding it or starving it?
Yes, I know it’s hard. You have a full life, even before ‘indulging’ in your passion. We relegate it to someday, or when I have time.
But what if you don’t have time? If your time came tomorrow, would you be happy with what you’ve done? Left undone? If not, you have to MAKE time for what feeds your soul.
How? I can’t say for you, but when I realized writing was my passion, I had kids still at home, worked full time, and and a very full life. – I didn’t have time for writing too!
Then I read a life-altering blog: Organizing: 3 Big Chunks. by Randy Ingermanson, He suggests you have time in your life for 3 big things. You get to choose what they are. Point is, that if writing can’t be one of those, it won’t happen.
That’s when I started getting up at 3 am to write for two hours before I had to get ready for work. I wrote 3 books that way, before I sold. I made writing one of those big three.
Writing may not be your passion. But whatever is, it may be time to reassess. You may not have time.
Kari and I, in happier times. Godspeed my friend.