Slow Down Will Ya!


The speed limit coming into Manchester, VT is a mere 30 mph. You have to take it slow. Now as you gaze at my photo, you’ll see the splash of color on the leaves as Autumn draws near. Please tell me why time can’t take a deep breath and slow down more like the deathly slow speed limit.

And talk about time…I recently took my son to an orthopedic doctor for a shoulder injury, and the receptionist began to tell me how her coworker is counting down for Christmas Day! I can’t remember how many days she said were left until jolly St. Nick visits us again. I conveniently neglected to store it into any of the realistic compartments of my brain.

The fact of the matter is: Time in our lives seems to zoom by faster than the space shuttle enters space, and there’s nothing we can do about it.

So how are we expected to live? In fear at each new wrinkle that attacks our face before we have the chance to gaze in the mirror? In fear that each wrinkle is indicative of goals that we’ve set but haven’t met yet?

I’ll answer that with an emphatic NO! We are meant to live in great hope, joy, and expectation. That being said, let me ask you this: What wonderful thing are you looking forward to that hasn’t happened yet? What steps are you taking to make your life more meaningful? Life doesn’t just happen on its own. If you want a rose garden, you need to till it. If you want things to happen, you need to take your own steps to make a change. You can do it! Hopefully your life doesn’t happen on its own but with family, friends, and those you love.

Take a deep breath. Say a prayer. And let the bread crumbs of life fall where they may. Be happy! Believe in yourself and your dreams. And for crying out loud, step on the brake and slow down once in a while! I promise you, you’ll be glad you did!

About jvcarrwriterauthor

Everybody has realistic dreams, ones that start with a seed in the heart, are watered, then grow. Well...I finally published my dream, my young adult novel entitled Username: Bladen. The idea to write it literally struck me in the darkness of the night. I began this project not too long ago, though now it feels like forever. This book, in its original manuscript form, meandered down a typical publishing path in many ways, until it recently settled (Yay!) on the shelves of cyberspace. Soon, I hope it will find a happy home on the shelves of many book lovers, in a real home not just a virtual one. After all who doesn't like to see their dreams come true? Today, with the technological advances that we enjoy, dreams of publishing are well within a writer's grasp. Every mom, much to their chagrin, experiences sleepless nights. With six kids, I honestly can't remember the last time I slept through the night. Typically, when I wake up and can't fall back to sleep, I think too much about things, meditate, or pray. One night as I was praying, the plot for Username: Bladen literally flooded my thoughts. I got so excited about it that I decided to sit down and write and write and write. I spent a lot of time learning about publishing. I joined forums and writers' groups. When I finished my manuscript, I entered it into The Sandy Writing contest, which was a terrific learning experience. I didn't win, but one judge loved my story and gave me almost a perfect score. That gave me a lot of encouragement. I also queried it a little, and am amazed by how much I learned and loved the process. I know nobody likes rejection letters, but I appreciated the personal letters I received from agents that gave me insight into why they rejected my manuscript. Then finally, after I learned that publishers don't have a lot of shelf room for young adult novels with a male protagonist, I decided to stop querying and publish through Westbow. I found an extremely talented editor, and rather quickly finished the process of publishing my book. I couldn't be happier with the final result. If anyone has a story to tell, are willing to be diligent, and have a dream to be a published author, you can do it! Believe in yourself and make your dream come true!
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