Ha! You thought I was going to tell you to quit writing, right? No! I would never be so presumptuous to tell someone to stop following their dreams. That’s not my place. Ever. No, really what I was thinking in the shower (I get all my best ideas in the shower) was what I’ve had to give up to take writing seriously.
There are the obvious things like:
~ Writing when I could be sleeping the same time the rest of the world is.
~ Trading in my biology PhD so I could write those fiction stories that wouldn’t let me be.
~ Still working and earning that unnecessary but ever-so-helpful second income.
~ Getting to bed at a decent hour, when I’m tired the first time.
~ Watching TV, actually enjoying the unproductive mindlessness of the activity.
~ Did I list sleep yet as some thing I miss?!
But really, I’m thinking of other things—every day things—that I give up so I can write:
~ A house as clean as I would like it to be.
~ Exercising enough to be that toned 125 lbs again.
~ Daily/weekly playgroups where I sit and visit with moms while our kids play without thinking how I should be writing rather than chatting away.
~ Always having permanent shadows under my eyes because often the stories at night won’t let me be.
Then I thought of all the things I get out of writing and the list far, far exceeded these lists combined. Writing makes me happy and in return I’m a better person (especially a mother!) when I can write. It invigorates me more than anything else, even when the writing becomes frustrating. I’m creating something only I can create. Only I can tell the stories in me. Either I have chosen a writing life or it has chosen me. Which ever way it is, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Q4U: What things have you had to give up for writing (or another passion, if you’re not a writer)? What rewards have come from writing or following that passion?