Have you ever encountered a driving situation when the city decided to move/add more traffic signs and then your entire route is ruined? Maybe they told you about it, most likely they didn’t. Then you’re driving 47 mph in a 30 mph area and get pulled over and the cop asks stupid questions like “didn’t you see that sign?” and you’re like “what sign?” and he’s all “it’s clearly marked” and you’re all confused because you know there’s not a 30 mph speed limit sign for another six blocks so you look back and see it like “when did that get there?” and he tells you it’s new and gives you an $80 ticket anyway.
Or when you’re driving your normal route to work and all the stop signs for the last mile or so have changed or switched so you’re stopping when you didn’t need to and running signs that didn’t used to exist and then suddenly the local news does a story about how many people did the same thing you did.
Or when you return to your home town after a few years away and stop signs that have been there for years have moved down three blocks and there are two new traffic lights at seemingly random locations. Then you’re out driving around minding your own business when someone runs their red light driving north and almost crash into you as you’re moving through a green light heading west and they look at you like it’s your fault you almost crashed. My light was green, pal.
I suppose I could edit this so it might make more sense… but where’s the fun in that. Experience my stream of consciousness as I do.
Anyway, I guess what I’m trying to say is that we all sort of fall into these routines and it gets really hard to break them, you know, if you wanted to. Like when I used to do all of my creative writing for two straight hours at a certain time every day. After awhile, that was the time of day I started getting ideas. If I didn’t focus that energy on one story, then those ideas would just fly all over the place and I’d have to jump up and grab them so I could slap them haphazardly on some paper for later projects. I need to get back into that kind of routine.
Not all routines are fun are like that. Wait? Is that a habit or a routine? What’s the difference? Oh, Google! Oh, okay Feyyaz Alingan who wrote an article in 2015 you can read here, that basically says you need a routine to build a habit but you can’t have a habit without a routine. I’ll just say it like this: whatever it is you want to do, whatever it is you want to accomplish, you must work at it consistently and with purpose if you’re ever going to get it done. I'm sure I got that from someone else, but I'm not sure who at the moment. Probably several people.
Want to lose weight? Start by doing one thing every day toward that goal like taking a short walk. If you can’t walk a mile in under 15 minutes, you can use that as your first goal. It doesn’t matter how small you start, just start. Then, you also have to make smart food choices, right? So start with one of your meals. Make a goal to incorporate more veggies into your diet or to increase your water intake. You don’t have to do all the things at once. Develop a plan that increases weekly and go from there. I’d start with diet over exercise, but if you can handle one change in each, go for it!
As for me, finding my voice again is my goal, one of 4 goals for 2018 but a goal nonetheless. So now I’m considering how often I should write in this blog versus my story outlets like this one and this one and occasionally over here. Every day might be a bit much to start with, so maybe every Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday to start. Perhaps I’ll do more, I might do less, but it’s a goal I think I can start with. I also have a newsletter I’d like to write at least twice a month. Am I taking on too much? Only I can tell myself that. The persistent go getter in me says “no way” but the lazy person who just wants to watch YouTube videos says “that’s way too much work.” I’ll figure it out.
Let’s all work together to make a better world. We can be each other’s cheerleader. We all rise together. Did I leave one out?
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YA Fantasy author and amateur photographer living in New Mexico. A reflection of herself, her characters are timid at first but tend to stand up and push through when times get tough.