IN BETWEEN LIVES
It’s messy going from Cocoon to Butterfly
So here I sit today …in between lives…
I’ve let go of my old life — my visual art business — and now I am emerging with a new life. My new life of the writer.
I know. I know. It‘s not a simple thing.
In order to go from A to Z you must stop off first at F and G, right? ( I even have a poem called A to Z in my 3rd book, Word Explosion).
I am well aware that it’s not an easy task…especially for a writer to change a life, but…I’m doin’ it!
I am not unrealistic. I know the odds of making it as a successful writer are super slim but then again what is ‘success’? What is ‘making it?’ To me, success is writing creative works. Putting out a body of work.That’s it.
I feel that I am already a ‘success’ because I self-published three books and I was pleased with them. I also know I am only just getting started as a writer. That makes me the happiest, honestly. I just love writing. Writing is my happy place. Writing is ME. I know this with every fiber of my being.
Julia Cameron, author of the wonderful Artists Way books says:
‘We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. We should write because writing is good for the soul. We should write because writing yields us a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in’.
It can be a bit lonely at times because many people don’t get it. Some don’t know how to react. I mean, I hear comments like:
- There are so many bloggers, writers out there now.
- Why add your voice to the pile?
- It’ll be impossible to get noticed anymore in the crowded cyber world.
- Where is the money in it?
- Where is the stability?
But in some odd way, I have never felt calmer in my life.
I know that by ‘showing up’ and sitting down to write EVERY DAY in a disciplined fashion I am creating my whole new reality.
I am well aware that I am in between lives but it is just like the caterpillar, butterfly process. It can be messy.
IT’S MESSY. CATERPILLER TO BUTTERFLY
Check out the Cocoon to Butterfly Metamorphosis process:
‘One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis.Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth.
In short, for a caterpillar to turn into a butterfly it digests itself … it is an extremely delicate process. The transformation itself is amazing. You can think of it as recycling — if you drop a plastic bottle off in the recycling bin, it can be melted down into an entirely different shape. This is what happens inside the chrysalis.’
Yeah, creating a new life is a delicate process too.
I am patient now knowing that I am in between lives but it really is just like the cocoon to butterfly. Messy, but perfectly necessary.
Heres a poem Emerging from my third book WORD EXPLOSION https://www.amazon.com/Word-Explosion-BLAST-Eclectic-Poetry/dp/1535470739/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8IN
E M E R G I N G
a perfectly made
beautiful colorful insect
in an instant
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