After last night’s Writers Club meeting:
A Friend: It’s like you know a secret language we don’t.
Me: I do??
I’m still not sure I entirely understand what he meant–something about having the key to getting writing done, moving forward, etc. I had told my writing group that I’d only be there if I hit my writing goal target for the day, and I was, so I must have (either that or I cheated!).
But that comment has stuck with me.
Do I know a secret language? Like a spell book where if you say mystical words in a certain order, it unlocks a powerful sword or the ability to bend time? Maybe it’s words like “you are enough” or “you can do this” or “I’m only coming to play/work if I get my other work/play done first.”
The idea intrigues me–probably because it brings a certain mysticism to what, for me, is the everyday yet epic struggle to make art. But I know the secret isn’t in a word or a phrase–the secret is a mindset that relentlessly seeks to improve, immerse, enjoy, create, LIVE. Maybe those are the magic words.
It’s not that I don’t experience fear or frustration. It’s not that I’m not gripped by an occasional crippling doubt (hello March, I haven’t forgotten about you, not yet). It’s that I know that’s not my natural state. That’s not who I’m meant to be. I was made to be vibrant and creative and whole–simply because that’s what all souls are born to be. Whether we can reach that resonance, achieve that state of being, isn’t reliant on not being challenged–it’s dependent on your relentless march against the headwind trying to stop you.
It’s not a secret language, but it is a kind of magic–the magic of belief in the possibility of YOU, even in the absence of any logical reason or evidence or certainty.
That kind of faith moves mountains, unlocks swords, and yes, can bend time.
Go embrace the magic of YOU today.