Accidental: occurring unexpectedly or by chance
I didn’t expect to become a novelist, and by chance I was inspired and encouraged in that direction. It was a very “happy accident,” because when I landed in this new world, it was as if all my experiences had organically brought me to this point. I took a circuitous route, but everything along the way has served me well.
It wasn’t just by chance, however. I got where I am now by perseverance, passion, focus, commitment, appreciation, and joy. By choosing better habits. Those were conscious decisions (Yes, even the joy. I believe living in joy is a choice.), not accidents.
So, I decided it was time to shed the “accidental” identity and make a few changes around here, because I intend to stay for a while. It’s not so much a renovation as a paint job and some new curtains.
Welcome to “writing to support my teaching habit!”
So, did you get where you are on a straight and narrow path, knowing what you were going to do by the age of 12? Or did you take the circuitous route, like me? Flitting from one creative passion to the next until you found your way? Or are you still looking?