I saw Toni Morrisson speak recently and she said something that really made me stop and think. She said, “I didn’t write my first book until I was thirty-nine.”
So I thought to myself, “maybe I still have time.”
I’m not saying I want to write a book (well, I do). But with our 30×30 and 1001 in 101-type lists, I feel like we are trying to tell ourselves more and more that we need to accomplish a lot Right Now.
Some of the things on my “list” are things I want to accomplish Right Now, like work hard at my job to improve the lives of my clients. (Also join a book club and learn to quilt.) Some of them are things I want to accomplish Soon, like find a permanent job and run a marathon.
But things like, “write a book” and “get my Advanced Open Water Diver Certification” are simply on the back burner. And it was nice to be reminded that I shouldn’t expect to be able to write a book and sell it right now. I’m not even sure what I would write about. But growing up, I wanted to be a writer almost as badly as I wanted to be a lawyer, and if I want it badly enough, that dream will still be there in ten or twenty years for me to chase, but for now, I think I’m going to settle for chasing one dream at a time.
But it’s okay. Because Toni Morrisson didn’t write her first book until she was thirty-nine.