I had a case of the Mondays this past week.
I was running a bit behind getting to work. I left in a hurry, forgetting my freshly made and not-yet-been-sipped travel mug sitting on the kitchen counter as I dashed out the door. About twenty minutes in on the job, I realized I was wearing the wrong shoes, the ones that didn’t have the great heel support for my plantar fasciitis. I had a package to mail at the post office on my lunch break, but it took longer than I expected. I forgot a co-worker’s birthday card twice! I saw three dead squirrels in the road while driving back to work, which always makes me sad. Also, I was met with some unexpected and unwarranted criticism from a self-proclaimed, smug and horrid “grammar police” over some words I wrote on a silly little Instagram post. All of this took place on Monday after a high paced and very social weekend, while the introvert in me was running low on battery and just utterly drained.
It was enough to make my head swim.
Thankfully, some things worked out. The other half was able to run my fresh and still hot coffee up to me before he headed to work. I was able to change my shoes when I went home for lunch. The package is on its way to the West Coast. The birthday card was delivered on Tuesday. I received a great deal of positive feedback about my pieces of writing that reminded me that the negative voices and the grammar police are in the minority.
While my head was still swimming, it was then swimming with some positivity and inspiration.
“When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.”~ Dory, “Finding Nemo”
I don’t write anything I write to give the critics fodder. I try to proofread what I post on social media, but can’t miss everything the grammar police catch. I don’t write anything I write to cater to the whims of other people. I don’t even write everything I write to get reviews or make money (though the royalties are nice!). I write because I want to share the stories and the words of inspiration that swim inside this head of mine with others. I write because even though I don’t cater to others, I know there are people who not only read what I write, but actually love to read it. They are inspired by my courage to post what’s in this head of mine that some of them have started to share their own writings.
And so, I just keep going. Like Dory, I just keep swimming. I just keep writing.
After all, it’s part of the magic I am doing in this world.
Stay magical, friends.
Just keep going.
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