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As writers, we are called to think and write about the deeper things. Writing about death is possibly one of the most important subjects to consider, and one of the hardest.
Thinking about death is also important as we consider our own mortality. Life is short and we have little time to achieve our goals. Why do we waste so much time thinking about things and not actually doing them?!
My Grandfather died last week and I went back to England to be with my family. He was a man of deep faith and also had a good life, so it is the way of the world and he was at peace. The death of a grandparent is sad but also a natural part of life. But the hours of travelling in limbo across the world gave me an opportunity to think about mortality and what we can achieve in one lifetime, a mere breath on the face of the universe. Here's the big question:
What do you want to achieve before you die? and what are you doing towards those goals or dreams?
It is good to escape the day job for a week and ponder these bigger subjects as I lie awake in the night, jetlag screwing with my body clock. When do we give ourselves time in the daily grind to think on this? The days seem to go by so fast, and we wonder what we have achieved since we had the big dreams of youth. I sometimes wonder why I waited so long to write, crippled as I was by doubts but if I had started earlier, perhaps I would have met my writing goals already (… but then I would just need new ones!)
I am thinking about the things I want to do in my lifetime, and now I am making more concrete plans to achieve them. Most things are possible if we give them energy, time and effort.
The most common question I get when speaking is “When do I find time to write my book?“. The answer is always “you have to find it from somewhere, you have to give something else up“.
What do you want to achieve in your lifetime, and how are you going to achieve these goals?
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