Rising to the Occasion
“It might be possible to do something that’s not ordinary.” – Tom Petty
I’ve heard this Tom Petty quote in my head since I heard him say it in an interview, released well after his death. Do something that’s not ordinary. Don’t just read about the accomplishments of others, take some action yourself. And this blog is a step towards that. You’re witnessing a bit of the doing something part, and eventually maybe it will be well beyond ordinary. But not ordinary takes time. 10,000 hours kind of time, and likely much more than that. Action repeated over and over until it becomes… something. I keep reminding myself of that during these moments of grinding it out. A blog is by nature a public-facing announcement to the world (hello, by the way – thanks for stopping by) that you’re doing something. It’s a daily cadence of record, sometimes better than other times, but documented publicly that you’re putting in the time so that maybe you’ll get a little better over time.
“Desire is the difference between where you are now and where you want to be in the future.” – James Clear
More writing behind the blog offers an opportunity to accelerate, to pour gas on the fire and go beyond the ordinary. I ask myself often, blogging is great and you’re showing progress, now what more have you got in you? How will you rise to the occasion and do something…. more?
“Writers should realize that the novels that are remembered, that become monuments, would in fact be those which err on the side of audacious prose.” – Chigozie Obioma
Now that’s a challenge, isn’t it? I’ll concede there isn’t much audacious prose in this blog, but then again the intent of alexandersmap was never audaciousness, only consistency of effort and a challenge to myself to make it consistently more interesting with fewer typos. To use writing to master the habit of showing up, to borrow James Clear’s phrase. In 2018, when I started this blog, I was inconsistent and unsure of the direction I wanted to take my writing. In 2019 I became very consistent (writing every day, posting sometimes twice a day). In 2020 the goal is to keep that consistency and take the writing to another level, something not ordinary, if you will. I’m well aware that I’ve strayed from the original focus of the blog (local history and regional travel), but it’s a journey and the thing about journeys is you change course now and then. I still love the original focus of this blog and will return to it often, hopefully in new and compelling ways. But I know I’m on the journey too and the writing takes me wherever the muse wants to go. Where will it take us next? Time will tell. The trick is to rise to meet it.