“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”
For me, one of the amazing things about the Olympics is hearing all the comeback stories about athletes who may have stepped away from their sport for a variety of reasons but who decide to return and rededicate themselves to it. In many cases, when they do come back, they make fundamental changes in the way they train and the way they view what they do. In some cases, it’s these changes, often hard won, that allow them to truly excel and outperform their former track records.
As we all know, making any kind of major change can be tremendously challenging. There are so many things we need to rethink and recreate: our techniques, our attitude toward discipline, our way of working, our motivation. And yet, sometimes we need to reach deep into ourselves and come up with new approaches: we need to create another path for ourselves because the one we’ve been on isn’t really working for us.
Right now, I’m in the middle of a major revision of my YA novel. As Dolly put it, I’ve realized that the road I was walking wasn’t working for me — and I’ve really had to dig deep to come up with some fresh ideas so I can “pave” a new one for myself that is more likely to get me where I want to go.
Sometimes writing dangerously demands that we step off the path we’ve been on. And when we do, we find that what’s waiting for us beyond it can be amazing. Write on!