Alyssa Alexander here!
I truly believe everyone has a calling. Some of us are called to be mothers, others are called to be teachers or coaches. Some of us inspect petri dishes to find the answers to diseases and others chart the universe. The best of us, of course, are librarians. 🙂
Now, I have a day job, and I love it. I work for an (awesome) attorney (who is also awesome when it comes to my writing) operating in a niche of the law few people know about. It’s a fascinating place to maneuver through. But I know it’s not my “calling”.
(He knows it too, as I gave up the opportunity to attend law school so I could write instead, so no worries this blog will cost me my job.)
In the US we just celebrated Memorial Day, where we honor our fallen military heroes. I visited friends, sat in the sun, took a boat ride, went to a parade, ate burgers and brats. Basically, all the things one does on a three-day federal holiday weekend.
I didn’t write on Thursday because I got my hair cut and colored after work. (See the change? It’s…a lot.) I didn’t write on Friday because I packed for a weekend away. I didn’t write Saturday or Sunday or Monday because it was all day fun in the sun with good friends.
Can you say withdrawal? It’s Tuesday night as I write this (two days before I post this), and I’m afraid I might not go to bed. I need to write like I need to breathe. The characters are shouting in my brain, quite full of angst that they’ve not had their time with me lately.
It is this writing withdrawal that tells me I’m in the “write” place. I’ve found my calling. What’s yours?
Credit: The above flag pic is the national flag carried by the 28th Regiment, US Colored Troops, organized in Indianapolis, Indiana, to fight in the U.S. Civil War. Organized Dec. 24, 1863. Mustered out November 8, 1865. The source is an agency of the government: http://www.in.gov/iwm/2397.htm — Indiana War Memorial Battle Flag Collection.