Last week, I pondered on the worth of writing. So many of you shared your feelings with me, and that led to some personal thinkage time.
This is what I came up with: Are you in it to win it?
I rarely do anything I don't plan on succeeding (winning) in. That's a weird sentence. Anyway, since I love word math:
Elana = competitive
Elana = driven
Elana = willing to learn
Competitive + Driven + Willing to Learn = In It To Win It
So by the transitive property (yes, I majored in math in college, in fact, I have a math minor), Elana = In It To Win It
The reason I thought of all this is that my son was playing soccer last week. He's a great kid, really. But he did a lot of standing around. Now, those of you who've met me in real life wouldn't think that I could run. But I can. If there are dogs behind me.
But back when I was younger, I played competitive soccer. I was the defensive sweeper, which means I had to run. A lot. Maybe that's why I hate running now. Anyway, my son was doing some standing around, and we were talking about it at home.
And my DH said, "Mom's a hard worker. You wouldn't see her standing around on the field."
He was right. Because when I do something, I do it. In fact, when my husband and I were first engaged (man, today is personal story day! You like it. You know you do), we were playing basketball with his brothers. That's right. Me. With his three brothers. I'm sure you can imagine all kinds of scenarios for how this might end.
Me = competitve.
Me = playing with four grown men.
Me = cracked skull.
In fact, it was a piece of my eyebrow bone that was chipped off. I can still feel it under my skin. No joke. Not only that, but it was my fiancee that elbowed me in the face! And yes, I still married him.
And now I can't remember why I was telling you that story. Oh! When I do something, I do it. Including playing basketball to the death (if need be). Or soccer. Or crafting. Or teaching. Or driving fast.
When I do something, I do it.
So it is with this writing and publishing journey. I can't help it. It's in my genes. Yeah, I'm blaming the 'rents for this competitive streak that somehow keeps me going down in this winding road toward publication.
What about you? Are you in it to win it? Whatever "it" may be.