Day 29 – High Maintenance
Writing is a high maintenance activity. You wouldn't think so. It doesn't take a lot of space, very few tools are required, and it can be done almost any place. So all it takes is a pen, some paper, and time, right? Yes and no. Writing also takes a shit ton of mental energy, the focus required is excruciating at times. Maintaining it, protecting it, is a difficult job and one I'm not particularly good at. Seemingly inconsequential choices can throw me off for an entire afternoon. Like choosing to have a side of mashed potatoes for lunch instead of salad or drinking too many cups of coffee too late in the afternoon so I'm so lit I can't sit still and my thoughts are too fast and twisty to wrangle. Or the culprit today, a walk cut short and a gluten free cookie for a snack. Small choices, right? Yeah. Except that those small choices left my eyelids heavy and my mind sludgy into the evening and little progress was made on my new draft, which feels like UTTER FAILURE. It isn't, but we're talking about what it feels like right now, not reality.
So tonight, I'm practicing self forgiveness. I made bad choices. It's okay. It's not the end of everything. Tomorrow, I will try again. Tomorrow, I will say "I'm going to do better today." And I will.
Tomorrow is a new day without any mistakes in it. - L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Prompt: Write about a character who makes all the wrong choices, but everyone likes them anyway.