Friday, October 17, 2014

Again with the Love and the Surfing and the Writing


What I took away most from the encouragement you guys sent to me on my latest "I want to write a book, but don't know how" post is that trying is worth it even if it is as scary as it sounds.

It's not really that I'm afraid of being rejected. All the rejection I've had in my life so far only seems to amuse me now. I GAVE MY HIGH SCHOOL CRUSH A LOVE LETTER AND HE TOLD MY FRIEND TO TELL ME "THANKS!" How entertaining that is to me now that I know that moment only served to benefit me in the long run. 

I'm worried about starting a book because, what if I'm not as good at writing as I hope I'll be when I sit down to do this? I'm worried it will be really hard and I won't do it right and I'll waste a bunch of time...and, I hate waste. 

Some people say. Tons of people say, "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life." I say, try not working towards anything for a week and see how unhappy you are. I also think work is always work, even if you love it. 

I love writing. I love surfing. Oh my goodness, the things they've given me; time with my dad, time with my husband, time with my mom, time with myself-- time, period. My writing has preserved time for me. My surfing has kept me young. 

These loves have made every day exciting, but that doesn't mean they weren't work.

I can only imagine parenting is the hardest job there is. People say that all the time too, and then they tell you things like "You'll never know how much you can love something until you have a child." I think people say these kinds of things over and over because love and work go together: You work the hardest for the things you love. You love the things you work hardest for.

But just like it is scary to love someone, it is scary to do what you love.

But how exciting is it to think about trying like you've never tried before? 

I'm looking forward to that part.


surf photos: by Chris Grant for Jetty Girl Online Surf Magazine

14 comments:

  1. i love this! "try not working towards anything for a week and see how unhappy you are" really resonates with me - i have to be doing/going/experiencing to be happy. good luck with the book!

    - anna
    probablyanna.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Anna, I will probably need it! :)

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  2. As always, I loved this. I so agree, too--work is still work no matter how much you love it. And as for writing, I share your love for it. I want to write a book too someday, but I wouldn't even know where to start or what to write about.

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    1. I don't know where to start either, but my mother in law did send me a book by Steven King on writing that will hopefully give me some insight. If it does, I will share it. Thanks for the support! xx

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  3. Trying to write scares me too, for the same reason. I find I'm at my happiest when I'm busy. Although not the overly stressed kind of busy, just the normal productive kind of busy. Lovely photos Devon, you look like you are flying out there all alone, just like that pelican. Beautiful. Keep the faith, you are doing it all right. CJ xx

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    1. I think I'm the happiest when I'm busy too--with just enough things on my plate that I am challenged, but not super overwhelmed. Thanks for this note CJ. It is very thoughtful and encouraging.

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  4. This is such an insightful post, Devon. Even when I love making a craft or writing a post, it's still work. But I like what I'm doing, so I'm more willing to make the sacrifice of my time and effort for that thing. This line really stuck out to me: "My writing has preserved time for me." Wow. That is so true. When I think about why I spend time on a blog, it's really getting back to that sentiment. I don't want to lose these special memories. You are brave and inspire me everyday to take leaps:) I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I guess when people say things like "doing what you love isn't work like something else is" (or whatever) they mean it's more enjoyable than something that does'nt speak to you as much and I can't argue with that. I'm so happy you keep a blog Kari because I enjoy your perspective on things, and I'm happy you are preserving your own memories. Sometimes I wonder about someone stumbling upon our blogs in 100 or 200 years (if the blogs are still around) and what they'll seem like then :)

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  5. It is really exciting (and scary!!) to try something that you've never tried before and to do what you love. But I think that if it is scary, that also means it's something that means a lot to you. PS love the photos!

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    1. I agree. I only do scary things if they are worth it to me and the prop I love, I think.

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  6. This: "You work the hardest for the things you love. You love the things you work hardest for." Yes! Yes! Yes!
    And also yes, usually, and I think this is true for surfing too...at first the writing does kinda suck, not actually because, geez how awesome, but the first sentence is often kinda, not great...but then you write the next and the next and the book comes together and some days it's brilliant (glassy waves) other days you wonder if you were drunk at the keyboard (closeouts.) Does this metaphor work? I guess what I'm saying is keep expectations low, enjoy the process, and keep at it. I can't imagine you'll be sorry. <3

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    1. "Enjoy the process." Yes! I think this is sometimes the key to happiness! And I like the metaphore Dierdre.

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  7. Love and work totally do go together but in such an illusive and interesting way. At first, I thought your quote said "fake it until you make it" which has been one of my most helpful mottos and might apply to doing something new and scary like writing a book!

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  8. Start that book, start that book!!! (Maybe if you do, I'll finally start the one that I want to write too!)

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