“Lucky to be Awesome”
I’m still struggling with the time change, but I’m not totally confused: I know that St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, which is coming up, but not here yet. Still, this Saturday, I went to an old-fashioned St. Patrick’s Day parade that’s been held in New Jersey for almost 40 years. It was total fun: lots of green, lots of families, glitter, balloons, floats, and more bagpipers than I’ve ever seen gathered into one place.
One of the highlights for me was watching lots of adorable little girls doing Irish step dancing. Most were in cute little uniforms. But there was one little blonde sparkplug dancing up a storm who was dressed in jeans and a green T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan, “Lucky to be Awesome” — I need one of those! This started me thinking
about the word “awesome” and its most common current usage: 1) inspiring awe;2) terrific; 3) extraordinary.
This, in turn, made me think about the many ways in which it is awesome to be an author. Here are some off the top of my head:
It’s awesome to tell stories: What could be more fun, more awe-inspiring, more terrific, more extra-ordinary than telling stories? Who else gets to spend their time dream-weaving and spinning tales the way that Rumpelstilskin spins gold?
It’s awesome to create worlds: What better way to spend your time can there be than creating a world all your own — making its rules, fashioning its values, and breathing life into the people who inhabit it?
It’s awesome to share our ideas: What better way to share what we believe, not through sermonizing but through storytelling? To move people to think, to feel, perhaps even to change, not by telling them what they should be doing, but by enabling them to feel their way into a more expansive place? By entertaining and uplifting them, rather lecturing and hectoring them?
It’s awesome to be playful and curious: As authors, we are like kids in a candy store — we have the fun and joy of letting our imaginations take us for a magic-carpet ride — wherever and whenever we want. We write from a place where there are no rules, no boundaries, no limits. The possibilities are endless. What could be more exciting?
Sometime today, pat yourself on the back or look in the mirror and say, “Lucky to be me, Awesome Author!” — and write on.