Monday, February 9, 2009

Wherever you go, there you are...

So you say it's your birthday?
Well, it's my birthday, too, yeah!
An interesting topic popped up at a recent "girls night out" with my girlfriends from high school.

"Are you where you thought you'd be?"

Of course, we were all in the bar, and that's where we had planned to gather.

But the question delved into more than just physical location.

We were talking about life in general.

If found it amusing how each of us had the same answer: No.

One friend said she never imagined she would be divorced and remarried.

Another said she never thought she would be living so far away from her hometown.

The other never imagined she'd one day compete (and win) a body-building competition.

And while I always knew that I'd be a writer, I never imagined the road I would travel in my personal life.

In my high school journal on graduation day, I wrote that I intended to be a published author in five years.

Heh, heh.

I'm almost 12 years past deadline.
No. I'm not where I thought I'd be. And I never would have imagined learning or experiencing what I have in the past 12 year.

I never imagined that my first paid gig as a writer would be penning obituaries. (I've done more than 5,000.)
I never realized the character a writer needs to develop within him/herself in order to develop a character on a page.

I never realized how thick a writer's skin needs to grow in order to take and use the criticism given by those who are one step farther along in the game.

And the one thing that surprises me most of all is how terrifying it can be to stretch out your hand and reach for those lofty goals.

I mean, what if?


Anonymous said...

Wow. Great post.
It's funny, I'm not where I thought I'd be either.
Always thought I'd have my PhD in Psychology and making some big discoveries. Instead, I have a masters in psych, and I'm not even in the field anymore LOL

Oh, and the whole writing thing.....NEVER thought I'd be seeking publication. NEVER did I have a desire to be a writer.

Crazy where God directs us, isn't it??

Glad He's near us through it all!

gzusfreek said...

Kat~Wherever I go there I am, but I wouldn't be WHO I am if I hadn't been where I've been!
God is the Great Reward, eh?

I really like this post! And I love hearing about your life!

Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love this post - especially when you discuss the character it takes to create a character on the page. This venture into writing has really been a lesson in character development all the way around. Although I may not be where I planned to be, I am exactly where I should be. Peace to you and yours.

Gwen Stewart said...

Oh, Kat, you're singin' my song today. What if, indeed.

I want to tell you too that your words of encouragement mean so very, very much to me. That you "do words" for a living, and have positive things to say about mine, is like treasured gold on this hard, hard journey.

Wherever you go, there you are. People like you make "wherever you are" a much nicer place to be.

God bless you today, as you have blessed me.

Rosslyn Elliott said...

So true!

I love your observation about the character a writer needs to develop in order to develop good characters!

I tried to write a few things when I was in me twenties, but I didn't know enough to be a writer then. :-)