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Onward and Upward

I have come to a conclusion – my life is passing me by while I wait for things to get better. I’ve got everything on hold waiting for the ‘right’ moment when it will all suddenly make sense and my purpose will shine, clear and unimpeded, ahead of me.

I’m tired of being on hold. I’m tired of trying to deal with all the old stuff before I move on to the new stuff. Unless a great big RESET button appears to wipe away all the past mistakes, regrets, half finished jobs and mishandled opportunities, I’m squandering my future as I try to mend my past.

So, this is my line in the sand. From today, it’s all going to be different.

I don’t think everything is suddenly going to fall into place because I’ve decided to stop dithering and procrastinating, but I’m determined to put a few things right from today onwards. The muddled up past can get sorted out as I go (or not).

There are still lots of issues to sort out in the background, but I’m determined to make an effort to focus on the kinds of positive, interesting, quirky, entertaining things that make me smile or think (or even both at the same time if I’ve had enough sleep and a sufficiently large shot of sugar).

So, from today, writing for my blogs and elsewhere is part of my ‘taking time for myself and choosing to be productive and positive’ therapy. I will stop waiting for the blog renovations to take place and will instead start posting regularly so that when the cyber facelift finally happens, there might actually be some readers about to notice. I will continue to write for Kids Book Review, Suite101 and Happychild online as well as Newcastle’s Child in print and I will happily consider offers from elsewhere for freelance writing contributions.

The time has come to stop making excuses and stop letting guilt and regrets hold me back. The journey forward starts with one step, and I’m taking that one step today.

10 Responses to “Onward and Upward”

  • tiff:

    Susan,
    I think you are bloody amazing and wonderful.
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  • KisforKathryn:

    Oh Susan,

    I SOOO hear you. I now take my Saturday mornings as a bit of self care / therapy and write, as free of guilt as I can be, as I allow my children to riot around me. “Another milo? Sure. Want to make your own? Awesome” :-)

    And, I’ve been waiting for the clear path into my “real work” for a while. I decided to surrender into my current role, and see what happens.

    Keep surrendering, and suddenly it will be and feel completely different.
    K xxx

  • Susan,
    You are an amazing person. You’ve put yourself behind everyone/thing in your life and I’m glad you’ve finally realized that you matter as much as everyone else.
    You need “me” time, whatever that entails…

    N x

  • Good on you. I agree put youself in the now and in the forefront.
    Now can you remind me to do the same, please. :-)
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  • Yes, go girl! (I suspect you’re way too hard on yourself, though.)

    Writing soothes my soul and if it’s the same for you it’s absolutely essential you give it priority. xx

  • Hooray for you Susan! I too am guilty of waiting for that perfect time to unleash myself and my dreams on the world but as you say, we will never be truly untethered enough to do so.

    Go forth and conquer – will be cheering you on from down the F3 :)
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  • Leoni McNeill:

    Love your work Susan. Have been thinking about the importance of being ‘present’ in all situations myself, rather than dwelling on things in the past that are probably just going to cause pain – shoulda, woulda etc. Life is now, in the minute – great if we can embrace that & move forward…

  • I’m nodding so much reading this I suspect I’ve given myself whiplash. Take that step – I’ll be cheering for you all the way. In a neckbrace.

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