It is hard to be pessimistic with the warm sunshine, the clear blue skies with puffy white clouds and mother nature adorning our gardens with flowering trees and daffodils. It is the season with lucky leprechauns and chocolate bunnies. It is the season of rebirth and fresh starts.
I identify with the optimists. I like the idea that things can always improve. That around the next corner is something better. That when we falter, we can get back up again. This does not mean I don’t experience real pain and disappointment, oh I feel all emotions very deeply, it means I try to learn from them and grow. It also means I focus on the silver lining that is always present, even when it requires a deep search to find it.
I have shared before that I made a conscious effort over a year ago to celebrate life and have gratitude for the daily blessings. Part of this is looking forward and embracing the challenges. It also means trying new things and taking risks, believing that it will all work out. Isn’t funny that somehow it always does, even if it might not be what you envisioned at the start?
A little over a month from now, a dream I have pursued for the past several years will be realized, my first book will be available for public consumption. (More details coming in blog posts later this month.) I have a broad range of emotions. I am exhilarated by the prospect of seeing my book with a real cover and flipping through the pages. I am scared it won’t be well received, after all a bit of my soul is in every page. I am elated that I have reached this milestone in my journey. I am nervous I will drop something as I add another ball to juggle in my daily life. But my inner voice keeps telling me with clarity, it will all work out.
So in this season, seemingly designed for the optimist, I find this new step well timed. I am not seeking fame or fortune, I just want to connect with readers. I want them to relate to my characters, laugh a little, maybe tear up a little and when they close the book, feel like they left behind a friend. Of course I want them to want to read my next novel, coming out late September-early October. What author wouldn’t want these things?
Before the end of Spring I should have a good picture of how my first novel was received. I an sure I will learn a few things. I am sure I will be surprised by a few things. I am also sure that it will work out just fine. After all, what else can an optimist expect?