This time was a little different though, this time I learned some valuable lessons from the dance world that I think all writers and people in general could learn from.
The Show Must Go On- This is an old tradition for the stage, but it still holds true. These kids go on stage (of their own free will) sick, tired, and sometimes even injured. Why? Because they have made a commitment to their team mates and themselves. I look at them and realize that there are no excuses for not pursuing your dreams. The world is full of writers with full time jobs and families, if they can find a way you can find a way. I am so often guilty of being "too busy" or "too tired", but regardless the show must go on.
If You Don't Woo, It's The Same As A Boo- This is one of my daughter's favorites. She applauds other dancers, it doesn't matter if they are on her team or not. She says it takes a lot of hard work to go out there and she wants everyone to "get some claps" for all their hard work, otherwise, per my daughter, you might as well boo them (which according to my daughter is the cardinal sin of any audience). It makes me stop and think about how often I'm guilty of reading a great book from a fellow indie author and not leaving a review. Isn't that along the same line of thinking?
Hard Work Pays Off- My daughter's team did very well this year at nationals and to them those long hours of class and rehearsals, passing up play dates and sleepovers, was very much worth it. Who can argue that if you want something, you have to work for it?
So, tomorrow my daughter goes back to school and I get to focus more time on my writing. I get to start my edits on Incarnate, the last book in the Spiritus series, but I'm going to try to apply the lessons that I've learned from her this summer to make me a better writer and maybe even a better person.
Are there any lessons that you learned from a child? Share them