Sometimes I think life’s greatest lessons have all been reduced to cheesy little sound-bites, destined to lose their true meaning through overuse.
I have realised lately there is truth behind these cheese-filled sayings, and if a little effort is put into actually thinking about their meaning instead of immediately dismissing them, a lot of value can be found behind the words.
For instance, as a writer, I think the following super boring and cheesy saying is actually pretty damn important:
‘It’s the journey. Not the destination.’
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I think this is a very important concept for writers to think deeply about. If you are unpublished, working hard on your novel/s and hoping to see one in print, I think it is very easy to become frustrated and lose focus on why you have chosen this particular dream in the first place. Particularly when you experience rejection.
I mean, of course I want to see my books published one day. Of course I want someone to be interested in what I do.
But those are my dreams. They are not the reason I do what I do.
So I think that means my journey should matter. Don’t ignore your feelings now and keep telling yourself to endure until you reach a certain destination you have in mind. Because probably when you get there and open that door, it will lead to a whole new set of complex dreams, stresses and realities.
Don’t live for the future. Yes, work hard to get where you want to be, yes, set goals and hone your craft and learn, learn, learn. And yes, squeeze that writing in around your other commitments, your job, your family. Whatever.
But remember to enjoy your writing right now, too. Remember to be happy. Cos your happiness, right this very instant, is important.
Because it’s about the journey.
Not the destination.