When writing, we take a journey, thinking we’re going to wind up one place only to discover that we take an entirely different route. I have found that the best writing occurs when we allow ourselves to deviate from the plan. While it’s good to have a general feel for the direction we’re headed, we don’t have to have it all figured out. It’s better to risk getting lost and to find alternative routes.
Thus, I find it fascinating that poet Richard Blanco’s parents wanted him to become an engineer because his writing would “never take him anywhere.” How ironic then that his writing took him to the White House where yesterday he read his inaugural poem.
I’ve never been one for GPS.
Here’s to being on the road…and not always knowing where we’re going or how we’ll get there. But how exhilarating to roll down the windows, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the ride.