Few things are set in stone in this life, but one of them is the past. It’s something we can’t wish away, something we can’t change, no matter how badly we want to. There’s perhaps nothing more final than the past. Where our words can’t be unsaid, and our actions can’t be undone.
But there is something we do have control of, and it’s a little different for everyone. Where our words are just thoughts, our actions just dreams. A story you can write however you like, one where you decide how it ends.
You’ve already written some of the chapters in your book. Some were great, and they’re ones you should be proud of. Others, not so much, and that’s ok. You’ve made a few typos here and there, but haven’t we all? You can’t erase them and you can’t rip up the pages and throw them away, so you might as well learn from them and move on. Because you’ve got a lot more writing to do.
Who knows what will fill the pages of the rest of your book? Stories of amazing adventures, of new discoveries, brave leaps of faith into the unknown. There will be heartbreak and tragedy, no doubt, but these things are what makes a story interesting. You might know exactly what you want to write, or you might not have a clue. But you already have the pen in your hand. Now you just need to write.
And you can start right now.
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison
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