I'm almost embarrassed to admit it, BUT, I felt so nauseous.
Stomach-grindingly, anxiety-ridden type of nauseous.
Yep! I felt seriously sick as I sealed the envelope,
wrote the addressee details for the competition on the front and then
slipped the entire package into the mail box.
Off she went,
a crisp white, brand new, blemish-free C4 envelope;
carrying eight A4 pages with a freshly printed, hot-off-the-dawn-press,
So I did it. Yey! I crossed the line.
I did what I've been telling others to do for years.
(Which is "Just do it!")
The whole process did make me have a look at myself though.
I mean seriously?
This morning I had some last minute typo's to attend to, a few sentences to re-structure,
and a couple of new paragraph breaks to re-consider.
No big deal except that you could just go on forever.
With grinding gut and considerable fluffing I soon realised I was procrastinating
and kind of self-sabotaging.
The obvious responses presented themselves:
fear of being judged, fear of making a mistake (friggin' typo's),
fear of any consequences really (good or bad).
I could see 'I' was trying to protect 'Me'.
(The 'Me' that went to primary school where others laughed and scoffed at her stories,
The 'Me' that got jeered at by a classroom of 9 year olds because of her accent.)
That 'Me' really needs to let go of her precious little-self and
embrace her 'pen-mad' BIG-SELF.
OK Done! Please stop re-appearing. We're over.
(Seriously such deeply embedded, incredibly dumb-ass patterns we carry sometimes. SShhh.)
And then the BIG ONE. Oh Yeah! Fear of the unknown.
I'll say it again "Fear of the unknown".
I'm not afraid to say it "FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN".
Sensitive, silly me - for feeling like that. Cool, clever me - for realising that.
Big brave me - for sharing all of that with all of you.
I don't know what's going to become of my
sleek swan-like C4 envelope and her slender contents.
And of course it doesn't matter.
Where she goes, whose desk she lands on, who reads her virgin content and
what they think of her inky inner prose is a story still waiting to unfold.
I've done my bit. I've contributed. I've bitten the creative bullet.
I've moved on to the next shiney & new step.
The 'seriously-sick-man-just-do-it' shiney step that is. ;-)
Enough for now.
Tomorrow, less prophetic and more poetic.
I promise ;-)