So, I am choosing to see this enforced space as an opportunity. I will have the time to reconsider my options for how I work next year, but I will also have the space to get back to my writing.
My writing has been put on the back burner for most of this year, as my time and attention has been taken up with the health crises with my elderly parents and step mother. Not only has time been an issue, so has 'being in the right space' to write. It's been an emotionally testing time which has left me not only exhausted but also sad, stressed and worried. Hardly conducive to creativity!
The main book that I was writing hasn't been touched for a year now, it's been in incubation. And that's fine. Ideas have been floating around in my brain, and I have decided that I will completely re-write it. The general theme of spirituality and spiritual tools will remain, but I will shift the focus to the journey of caring for someone with dementia and all that it entails. Warts and all!!
It will be a cathartic exercise, it will be a piece of fiction but will be based on my experiences and I will also pull on the experiences of others that I know in the same position as myself. It will be a journey on paper, the tale will weave it's way through the book, detailing how the protagonist copes with everything that's thrown at her, how she uses her spirituality to cope with the demons, the crises and revelations that arise; the enlightenment that arrives. And of course, the healing journey that accompanies it all.
It won't be an easy exercise, as emotions will be raw and heightened, but do you know what? That's okay. It will be a healing exercise for me, and I hope, a message of hope with guidance for those who eventually read it. I am here to be of service, and there are so many way to be of service. This will just be one more!
I'm so glad that there's an awareness raising exercise going on presently, as dementia becomes more and more common as we all live longer. But younger people are being diagnosed with it too - perhaps that is because the medical profession are more alert to it. But at least that means that something can be done to slow down the progress of this cruel illness. Slowed down, but not stopped or reversed.
I know that it will be important to keep myself busy during the final stages of this long transition period, but I will be 'going with the flow', if I feel like writing I will, if the emotions are too raw, then I will take time out to deal with them. This enforced period away from my normal activities is coming to me as a gift, and I will treat it as such.
I shall take enormous pleasure in unwrapping said gift and savouring every moment of it.
What ever you are facing in your life, it may help to look for the opportunities and lessons contained within, rather than seeing it as a problem. That way, it has a more positive energy and you'll come through the trials easier.
Blessed be. xx