Ok, so I usually post on a mental health topic every Monday, but this Monday is special because it’s ALMOST Closing Day on the house!
I say “almost” because it was originally scheduled for today, but because the selling bank wasn’t ready, it’s been put off until Wednesday.
I’ve been working on purchasing my Dream Home since June of 2010, so I guess a couple more days of waiting isn’t so bad. It’s been a time of excitement, angst, worry, frustration, waiting, biting nails, whining, daydreaming…erm, well, you get the point. (If anything, all the emotions I listed above pertain to mental health, so technically, I’m sticking to task, right? Right.)
That being said, the house is a bit of a fixer-upper, so all the excitement I’m having about
signing my life away joining the ranks of home owners is just the beginning. Now comes the real work. New roof, new septic tank, new plaster, buffing the hardwoods, cleaning the bathrooms, getting appliances, etc, etc, etc, forever and ever, Amen.
I’m gonna be super cheesy here and link this to writing. Think about it. We fall in love with “an idea,” toil and slave over whether or not it’ll “work,” lay a few thousand words out on paper, type “THE END,” “Woot!” with glee…
…and start tearing it apart again.
Right now, as excited as I am, I’m also quite terrified of ripping the house apart. Why? Cuz you never know what you’ll find. You’ll never know how challenging it’ll be to face putting the pieces back together again.
So why in the H-E-double-hockey-sticks did I decide to do this (this applies to picking up writing and buying a fixer-upper, by the way)?
- I love adventure.
- I think it’s important to try new things.
- I think learning is the TOPS! (Nerdy, huh?)
- I love a challenge.
- I know the house and my writing will be better for all the work I’m putting into it.
- I’ve got my eye on the prize–a renovated house and a sparkly manuscript.
Ok, enough mixing metaphors…I’m not even sure this is clear, but, hey, everything’s a WIP, right? LOL!
So, folks, perhaps you could share with me what keeps you toiling on a WIP or project?