I don’t have that much time off normally. That’s the thing with writing, you never know how it’s going to go. I don’t suffer from writers block, fortunately, and I have a rule that if I’m not in the mood I don’t write. There’s always something else that needs attention, advertising, promotion or editing for example. I had achieved two thousand words in first draft mode already, when the feeling to stop and chill, for a while, washed through me, and I decided to do take a few hours off.
I headed for the top of the hills above Folkestone, a favourite spot of mine. The view is special, Romney Marsh to the right, France to the left, unless the mist rolls in. There was no mist and I just sat back allowing the peacefulness of the place to wash through and clear the mind. Two buzzards flew above me, circling tirelessly on unseen thermals. The rapeseed in the fields behind me, now in full bloom, contrasted the amount of green that enveloped the town below. Yes, it’s a good spot to relax.
I don’t know how things work for others but with me the mind operates differently when I’m here. No longer immersed in worlds I create, I can contemplate the real world, my world. Sometimes my distance past and sometimes the more recent. There was a lot to think about and the future was definitely a focus for once. I try not to plan too far ahead, I’ve learned that things rarely go how you expect, but my hopes and plans for the near future are about to change one way or another.
The pendulum of life swings and can offer unexpected opportunities but by the same token it also shuts doors and can snatch those opportunities away. It seems that sometimes you have little say in which way the pendulum swings; what happens might depend on others and is out of your own control. Now and again, you have to wait to be directed or have a decision made for you. It’s hard not having the control for yourself. Waiting for it can seem never ending and yet is just a small drop in the ocean of time in our lives. Life though, is for living and the need to move forward is strong. We often know what we want and yet it’s not always obvious how to achieve it. Sometimes we can only leave it to others, and are left with one thing that is ours to control: Hope.
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