This lovely, ornate baby blanket was knitted by my great-grandmother. It was missing for years until my mother discovered it at the bottom of a box, cleaned and mended it, and gave it to me. Now, 40 years after my great-grandmother's death, my daughter sleeps under this blanket every night.
This week, I'm going to write a little bit each day about a different aspect of my online course Taking Flight: 6 Weeks to an Inspired Writing Practice. But first, I wanted to tell you about this blanket. Because it completely astounds me that something my great-grandmother lovingly, painstakingly created long before I was born could continue on. The blanket that my kid sleeps with was knitted by her great-great-grandmother. How amazing is that? It keeps my daughter warm, and it keeps the memory of my great-grandmother alive in me, even though we've never met.
I don't know if you have this fear, but I do, so here goes: I will most likely never be an extremely important person. My husband may end up being famous, but I probably won't. The career path I've chosen doesn't end at CEO, or CMO, or even VP. I guess there's theoretically still time for me to go to law school and climb my way to the office of Prime Minister, but to be honest with you, I can't imagine anything worse.
Most of the time, this does not bother me one iota. I am so grateful for the amazing opportunity I have to split my time between taking care of my fabulous kid and helping people bolster their creative lives, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
But sometimes -- usually after flipping through a magazine or watching TV, both of which I should never ever ever do -- I wonder. I wonder if the things I do will matter, after I die. I wonder if anybody will care that I stayed home with my daughter when she was little, or if the things I write will have a life beyond my notebooks and computer's hard drive.
But then I see this blanket, and I stop wondering.
Your creative life matters. The things you write matter. And whether you end up being a best-selling author, or the only person who ever reads your writing is your mother, you will make your mark on the world.
Large or small, our creations live on. So if you're wondering whether you deserve to write, whether you're good enough, or whether you can justify it, the answer is you do, you are, and you must.
Taking Flight: 6 Weeks to an Inspired Writing Practice is now available from Nest & Story. It's a 100% online, self-study course, so you can do it on your own time, at your own pace, from wherever you are in the world.