An attempt to clear my head

So I am trying to write two essays because Justin says “I can’t win the game if I don’t play.” Remember, I’m on this Journey to 40 and I want to get published before then. Since I haven’t noticed any agents or publishers hanging out on my doorstep asking me to write something for them I had better get to work. But it is so much easier to write a 1000 word blog post than an essay about my favorite room in my house. And my book is all outlined and I can feel it gurgling in my blood but putting the words together seems so hard sometimes.

Instead I find myself obsessing about the most horrific accident we all witnessed yesterday. As we were driving up 95 in North Carolina we saw an SUV lose control and flip three times. I saw the luggage carrier and passengers in the air. And I saw the driver…. Three people lost their lives and we watched it. They were driving back to their home in New York from Disney. I have conjured up their story in my mind. Disney is not an everyday trip. It’s special. It’s monumental. It’s something you save for and dream about taking your kids too. They made the memories and then three generations of women were stolen from their family by a blown out tire. Life is short.

Because life is so short I know I need to follow my dreams. I need to write my stories and pursue my passions. Yesterday was a reminder that it can be taken from you at any moment.

5 comments on “An attempt to clear my head

  1. I hope your writing about this helped just a little…so sad.

  2. Julie,

    I am so sorry to hear about what you witnessed. Please keep writing because it is such a true gift–same reason I told myself I would be a teacher by the time I was 40 and I was able to teach summer school and now look I am a second grade teacher even though I will be 42 in November :) I think you already have your book though. It will happen because it is inside you :) Love reading your thoughts and adventures–thank you for sharing.

  3. Michael Ann Riley on said:

    Oh, that is so awful. I’m so sorry to hear about this, and sorry you had to witness. I know this will stay with you for awhile. I once witnessed an awful motorcycle accident where a young girl was killed and the man lost two arms and a leg. I will never forget it, and I always wonder how the man is doing. I think about their families. I am amazed really, by all that happened to you on this vacation. It’s really quite odd…there is some weird energy in the air. This might mean it’s the perfect time for new beginnings as far as your writing goes.

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