We're musical junkies at our house. That is, we will watch musicals over and over, and sometimes interject parts of dialog or lyrics into our day to day conversations.
One of the musicals that my daughter loved and watched over and over and over was The Sound of Music. There is a line where Mother Superior is talking to Maria and telling her that the walls of the convent can't be used to hide behind, that she has to find her life.
It occurred to me recently that in a way that is what I am doing once again.
We spend a lot of our lives looking to some future event. When we are very small we look forward to going to school. When we are teenagers we look forward to driving and graduating from high school. Then we progress to looking forward to getting married, having children, building a career. When our children are growing up, we go through the stages again: sending them to school, having them graduate from high school and college, then getting them married.
We are at that stage in our lives. We are no longer part of any corporate job. Our daughter has graduated from college and will be married in August.
I saw an article in the paper yesterday about a 96 year old man that has just had his novel printed. He's working on the sequel and has a third book in the planning. He talked about writing to fill the time.
A couple of weeks ago I clipped an article about a woman that ending up writing her novel when she was injured and was confined to bed for a lengthy period of time.
I'm considering papering the wall around my computer desk.
The articles whisper to me "don't give up"....
the internal critic says "who do you think YOU are?"
its an dialog that sometimes keeps me awake at night........
So, I guess I need to find my life.....