The theme of this year’s Waterloo Writing Competition hosted by Bridge House Publishing was ‘Transforming Being’ and we received the most wonderfully diverse stories. Since change is the requirement of all stories — for it to ‘be a story’ someone has to change — it seemed a wide remit to me. But the writers chose some truly wonderful ways of expressing transformation — more than subtle character changes. So take a look at this year’s eBook celebrating these wonderful stories.
In life we all go through many changes and we all have to realise that change is the foundation of a life worth living. Let me say that again: change is the foundation of a life worth living. A third time for it to stick: change is the foundation of a life worth living. Be that small changes we make as we shift our mindsets and re-imagine our goals as we simply evolve, adapt to life’s ever-changing landscape or be that HUGE transformations we choose to make or perhaps that are made for us. Like undergoing life-changing gender reassignment for example or dealing with the death of someone you planned to be with forever. Change comes in many guises.
Perhaps you might be prompted to write something that looks at that very thing? Think butterflies… think swans.
My life underwent quite a significant change when I moved back to Canvey Island, which come this September is five years. So there I was five years ago, back in Wales watching a TV show called A Year to Save my Life where people were embarking on a journey to shed the pounds and I mean lots of pounds with the help of some dishy personal trainers 🙂 While I was not them and had less of a journey I did know I would change my lifestyle, lose weight but it was mostly about fitness: your health is your wealth and when you turn fifty you know you need to do that. Little did I know I would marry a personal trainer four years later!
Of course, I had no idea what that journey would bring.
Friends: yes; a community: yes; a sense of belonging: yes; a husband: YES! And I have talked on here before about how much being part of that did indeed transform my life. Well and truly. I am so grateful for that. So truly grateful for all of that 🙂 I did what I said and I am at the gym Monday to Thursday every week: at least. Fitter than I have ever been, healthy body, healthy mind.
Recently has been a time for reflection and change; my lovely husband has a fab new job doing the same thing but a new opportunity arose and like many things, I like to think of it as a serendipitous turn of the card. Right time, right opportunity. Sometimes you have to do what feels right even if you leave something behind.
I had a similarly fortuitous moment when I met Camilla who has now become my amazing new literary agent. After editing my novel, when she returns from a trip next Monday, the process of submission begins. Lots of work, but amazingly exciting times ahead.
I am a sentient being, often over-sentimental and emotional. I make friends easily and the true ones stay: once connected, always connected.
I embrace change with open arms when it’s something I really want OR sometimes when there is no other choice — then we have to accept it. I find it harder to embrace the new when there are memories tethering me to the old. But sometimes you have to let go to move forward. We don’t even know what is waiting for us if we don’t take that step. So if you need to hear this: don’t be afraid to accept a new challenge or walk a new path.
Keep dear and keep doing the things you love even when things change.
I will always write. I will always smile more than cry. I will always go to the gym. I will always LOVE rather than hate. I will always strive to be the BEST version of myself.
What about you?
There is a reason the rear-view mirrors are so small and the windscreen so big, LOOK AHEAD. Always look ahead and do it with optimism and love, not bitterness and fear. We can look, we can reexamine what we know, what we think we know, we can overthink the meaning of everything and envelop ourselves in our warm security blanket and resist change. Or we can say hey, watch me fly. If I have learned one thing, change is the only way to move forward.
Fear holds us back but those moments we connect to, those memories that keep us in the same place, will always be there. Letting go does not undo the good memories or the emotional connections; letting go just redirects to something that lets us see the future.
So writers think about your lives and change… is it time for something new? If it is… embrace it. Do it now. Or write about it!