I constantly find myself redefining myself over and over again in different situations, as a writer. I often question why writers can't just be like any other profession, it's as if there is a tragic myth attached to writers just because that's what some observers are comfortable with thinking. I once had a conversation many years ago with a well known seasoned poet, and he said, "the tragic artist syndrome was a myth," and I was relieved. He was a successful contractor and lived a good life and I held on to his wisdom. Many times, I've found myself in the company of some who are intent on making me crazy or appear crazy for whatever reason, and I wonder if they ever heard/hear a full sentence from my mouth or my mind. Being grounded is one of the most important parts of my life as a writer because without it, writing becomes one long journal of whining and woes that send me into complete boredom. The repetition of repeating the same complaint or cry over and over prevents the imaginative thoughts to surface on the page. This is for me, why I don't and can't write everyday, and my process cannot be followed because I write when I have or there is something to say. I mean think about it, when you fall in love for the first month of bliss, you can describe the new love everyday in many ways, but to your best friend, it becomes redundant. This is a poem is so much better in these instances, I suppose that can be where the brief pieces of words can actually twist and turn in different directions.
Anyway, I say all of this to share a thought or two about some heavy challenges I'm experiencing now and it makes me examine everything whether it needs to be or not. A lot of happenings have taken place over the past couple of years, and I have to remind myself that I'm childlike in spirit, but not childish and only accept what really is and what's not mine, throw it out. I can't help the beliefs that some people have about writers/artists and I don't choose to drag myself though the mud to prove them wrong. At the end of the day, I like to be able to take care of myself like my professional acquaintances, but the attached label writer just somehow adds a wedge, when the difference isn't at all that drastic in personality. Some will discipline themselves to an outside interest and some won't. Being forced to choose has always been a bit of a head scratcher to me. With all that said, I suppose this needless challenge in my life will solve this dilemma and force me to pick which side I'm on. This is ridiculous to me since I've been a writer and a student with a day job for 25 years.
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