Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Question of the Day #848

Last night, during my critique group, I found myself taking notes. Not on the writing, but on the conversation.

"Something just hit me. All of a sudden it was time to stop messing around," G said. "I don't know if it was an age thing, like maybe I realized that one day I really was going to die or something. But I'd had enough. So I decided to go for it."

I got that. I understood how one flicker can burn a little brighter every day until you finally can't see the shadows anymore. When suddenly it's no longer about longing and it's all about action.

It's that moment when everything clicks.

Have you had a life changing moment like that? When you suddenly realized what you were supposed to do? If so, what was it like? How did it change you?



  1. I do remember the moment when I thought I'd start really trying the writing thing.
    But I think I've always been pretty focused on what I want in life. Even as a teen I made good decisions based upon what I was going to tell my future children! Seriously!

  2. I think I've only had that in small doses. I tend to be open to doing new things and going new places. I just decide and do it. As for my greater life purpose or "right livelihood" I still haven't found that click. In a general sense, living a rich life full of diverse experience and endless learning gives my life meaning, but sometimes i'd like to have that THING that you create and grow. Still wondering what that will be exactly and when...

  3. Working with abused, neglected and emotionally disturbed kids came to me by surprise, an unexpected gift, 23 years of wonder.

  4. Standing up to an abuser.
    Quitting a stupidly awful job, even when I didn't have another to go to.
    Each time I've purchased a house.
    Deciding to become a parent.

    While I knew these were all things that I needed to take action on, and the timing was right, they were all still scary rollercoaster rides. They all worked out for the better in the end though. :)

  5. The decision to retire and relocate. Disappointing family yet knowing, this was something I had to do for me, for us.
    Have never regretted it.

  6. I keep waiting. I feel like I have a sign of a direction, and then something changes abruptly to make me rethink it. I'm in a real questioning period right now.

  7. Yes -- it had to do with faith and making sure my children had God in their lives.


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