That’s a quote from the amazing Anne Lamott – an American novelist and non-fiction writer. She felt unable to produce much writing because of exhaustion from a book tour, renovating a new home and moving in with her life partner. She needed to put writing aside. Just for while, until she felt ready to create again.
Her description seems to describe my life right now. Challenging, uneven and unexpected events are surrounding me. I feel like the people in my blog picture. The rapids are pulling me in a swift direction down the river and I’m not too sure I can see around the corner.
Ms. Lamott is also known as a political activist, public speaker and writing teacher. I value her insights, her humour and her openness. She has just finished a book promotion, and a TED talk discussing her new book, ‘Hallelujah Anyway’.
She has written other novels such as : Bird by Bird, Help, Thanks, Wow, Traveling Mercies, Small Victories, Stitches, Operating Instructions and many more. As I dug further into her biography I discovered that she’s more prolific than I realized.
Her writings cover alcoholism, single motherhood, depression and her version of Christianity. When she puts a blog entry onto Facebook, she receives tons of comments. I especially enjoy when she weaves in her reactions to the current political landscape.
So, yes, my life is a little too ‘lifey’. But I intend to hang on, hopefully with humour and grace. And I’ll get up the next day and start all over again.
Everyone has challenges. Not all challenges are revealed to the world. Kudos to those who tackle life’s obstacles with determination and vision. You are admirable people!