While budding and existing novelists around the world participate in NaNoWriMo, some friends and I are playing copycat (kinda) and writing daily blog posts every day in November. I hope you're enjoying them. If not, there are only 23 more days to get through.
Prompt #7: What valuable lesson have you learned in the last six months?
I'm cheating and listing 10.
1. Don't put all your [financial] eggs in one basket.
2. Avoid getting involved with someone freshly out of a long-term relationship, especially if they're still cohabiting with their ex. Whom they trust with scissors for an at-home haircut.
3. Going for long drives can help you retain your sanity.
4. This too shall pass.
5. Always check your quantities before placing a Peapod order. Unless you really like yogurt.
6. Sometimes it's just a good idea to clear out your Netflix queue and bookmarks and just start over. It's okay to stop pressuring yourself to watch all those documentaries and make all those recipes. Especially if you're kind of afraid of your kitchen.
7. Maintaining a savings account, even if it barely has any money in it, is a good way to remind yourself that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
8. Make a list of things to talk to your therapist about. It'll cut down on stammering time and won't leave you feeling panicky or disappointed when s/he says, "Time is up."
9. Do that thing that seems Overwhelming and Terrifying. Chances are, it won't be half as bad as you've made it out to be in your mind. And if it's just as godawful as your worst fears and you're dodging lava and dragons and well-dressed hipsters on the way back to your car, at least you tried. Physically pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
10. Maintain connections. Have coffee with a friend while you bust out your markers and color. Chat up long-distance friends on Skype or FaceTime. Text or call or keep a running email conversation going. A visit, in person or otherwise, can make a lot of things seem better.