“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.” – T. Alan Armstrong
I can’t tell you how nervous I was when I “let the cat out of the bag” and told you all I was writing a novel, because the thought of people actually reading what I’ve written kinda freaks the hell out of me. But the truth is, since I’ve started this project, I’m excited, charged, renewed…I’ve found that I truly enjoy writing. It’s an adventure! It’s something I’ve become passionate about.
Of course, we all have many things in our lives that we find passion in, including our relationships with our loved ones. But what’s that one far-fetched thing that you always wanted to do, but never did because of “this” or “that?” My advice? Do it. Make it happen. Even if it freaks the hell out of you.
Who’s kids say to their parents: “Turn the music down!” and “why do you ALWAYS have to listen to music?”
My answer: How boring would everything be without it? Music is motivation. It makes doing laundry easier. It makes driving more fun. It enhances experiences. We all know there are certain songs that, when you hear them, immediately take you back to a time and place.
Collective Soul came on the radio today and I was in high school again. Sweet Child O Mine takes me there, too.
Every time I hear Drive, by the Cars, I travel back to my childhood bedroom where I would play my Cars cassette over and over again on the purple tape player that I got for my 8th birthday.
Crash by the Dave Matthews Band? I’m in the Smoky Mountains where my now husband/then boyfriend and I took a spontaneous camping trip and forgot to pack our sleeping bags. (Brrrr!)
Music plays constantly while I write. Most of the time, I’ll play a song over, and over, and over again until a scene is done. In fact, the sunrise scene had 2 huge inspirations:
And this sunrise:
Here’s my point: Listen to music loud and often. I believe my children like music just as much as the rest of the world does. They just like to go against the grain…