In last month’s IWSG post (find other IWSG posts here), I shared my struggles with giving up my writing deadlines because of circumstances beyond my control (i.e., health issues). A month later, I have found some measure of peace with accepting my realities. Delaying the release of my fourth book has indeed allowed me to take care of myself, deal with some of the health issues, rest, relax (as much as a person like me ever does), and breathe. I am not sure when I will release the book because I just can’t face another deadline while I am in the middle of the health issues, and because I really think that this time to clear my head is going to prove immensely valuable to my long-term writing career.
Sometimes we have to lose some of the things we want to make space to learn. That is what I feel right now, the willingness to embrace uncertainty, to open myself to other directions in life, to trust that all of this will work out just the way it is meant to.
Even after all these years and all the bumps and bruises, I still believe. And just for fun, someone else in my life has had to let go of the illusion of control and embrace the realities of his health issues. This is Gilbert and his cone of shame.
Wishing everyone happy holidays and an amazing new year!