Despite our faith, color, race, gender, sexual preference, financial status, success, failures, hopes, and dreams we all have three things in common:
We're born. We live. We die.
We go through the stages of childhood, the teen years, and our twenties. Some of us move on to careers or start families; some do both. We watch our lives flourish (for better or for worse) through people we meet, work with, and choose to build a future with. We enjoy friends. We watch our businesses expand. We gaze in awe as our children grow to young adults and beyond.
And then, what we knew was coming - the inevitable we'll all face - our own parents age.
This is a subject I speak little about publicly because it's one I struggle with. Personal reasons that belong in a book. I'll write it. When I'm ready. Long story short and how you can apply this to your writing life is this: I grew up in an intact family - Dad, Mom, me, and my brother. My parents have been married for 48 years. 28 years ago, my mom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I'm sure your first thought reading this is "Aw..." Don't. Don't do that. We all have axes to grind, crosses to bear, and jobs to accomplish in this life. Obstacles will get in our way. That's life. And a totally different subject for a very personal post I'll write ... someday, when I know she won't be able to read it. Trust me. It's better that way. Not for her. For me.
But for this post, I'm here to say that my family is at a crossroads with care for my mom. We're unable to leave her alone in the house - even in a room - for any period of time. She falls. A lot. Five trips to the hospital - 2 by ambulance - so far this year. You say "Tell her to stay sitting" or "Wait for your help." Yeah, good luck with that. We've said it all. Trust me. My dad is still very healthy and, despite how difficult my mother can be, he's heartbroken that we've finally reached this point - he can't care for her anymore. Neither can I. Nor my brother.
Write today, with all the emotion you have.
Use your life experiences to push the boundaries of our craft.
Create. Inform the world. Inspire.
Thank you for listening.....
The purpose of the IWSG is to share and encourage, posting on the first Wednesday of each month. You'll find writer doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Support and a common understanding spread throughout the group as many fellow writers can relate. Feel free to JOIN in anytime.