I have been writing this morning. A nice, but very time consuming 532 words added to my novel. I started at about 08:30am and finished at 10:30am. But to be fair, I had the TV on, too, so I was a little distracted.
Anyway, I thought I’d just add a little post to say how glad I am I stumbled upon Jeff Goins’ blog a few months back. His writing is so upbeat and positive, that it makes you believe you really can achieve your goals. It’s reassuring to know that Jeff has been where we all are now — at the beginning. He wasn’t always sure of what he was supposed to be doing, and it took him several years to realise that. And that’s one of my worries — how long might it take me to get to where I want to be? I’m now 26 years old I’m pretty sure that I want to write. It’s taken me over a decade to work that out. But in a way, I’m kind of thankful that’s all it took. You often hear stories of people in their 40’s and 50’s finally discovering their true vocations, and it saddens me that they probably spent a huge chunk of their lives wasted in a job they weren’t that interested in.
Another worry is now that I’ve found my calling, what do I do with it? Jeff knew he wanted to write, and he writes about writing. But what do I write about? I can muse and ramble about all sorts of things, but I don’t have anything specific to tell you all. As you may be aware, I’m currently writing a novel, but I doubt it will ever see the light of day.But… I could be wrong (I hope I am!).
I have an interest in animal welfare — especially the consumer side of the cruelty-free industry. If you were to visit my sister blog, BunnyKind, you’d see that I started it because I wanted to make people “cruelty-free” aware. But these topics, alongside vegetarianism etc are so stereotyped that people are immediately turned off. Nobody wants to be told what to do, and some find their lifestyle choices are under attack by people like me. I’ve not come across many people like it, but on occasion I’ll have people poke fun at my choice to be a vegetarian, simply in defence of their carnivorous lifestyle.
I’m not going to tell you “meat is murder” — it’s quite an inflammatory statement, and you probably know that the meat industry is nasty already. I think that people like to take sides. Heck, I’m pretty guilty of doing it myself.
The usual statements are: “I’m a meat-eater” or “I’m a vegetarian.” But you don’t exclusively eat meat, do you? And vegetarians, you don’t just eat lentils (I hate them), do you? Wouldn’t it be better if it was more like:
“Do you have a meat-free option?”
“Can I have more veggies than meat, please?
“Can I have more meat than veggies, please?”
It’s all about labelling, at the end of the day. And I was taught not to label. I don’t like to force my views upon people and I expect the same treatment from others. So perhaps we should remove the line that separates omnivores and vegetarians? Maybe we might learn something from each other.
Perhaps I do have something to tell the world…
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