Thursday, May 13, 2010
Why I Love Firsts
There’s something special about firsts.
I’ll never forget my first teacher. My first piano recital. My first date. My first boyfriend. My first kiss. My first job. My first car. The first semester of college. My first apartment. My first husband (just kidding).
With kids, those memorable “firsts” more than multiply. I can still remember vividly the first time we found out I was pregnant with Nick. The first time I gave birth. The first time he slept through the night. The first steps. The first words. The first babysitter. The first day of school.
One of the reasons I’ve loved writing a book is because I’ve been able to capture – and relive -- so many firsts. Through writing, it’s like recreating certain moments for the first time. Again and again. And the moments I wish I could freeze in time – I simply put them on paper instead. Someday, when I’m long gone, my children and grandchildren can read about these moments. They too can relive each first.
The other thing I’ve loved about writing is this: it’s opened the door to more firsts. I remember when I first decided to write a book. I confided in a few friends and colleagues. I remember sitting in an airport and writing the first chapter. I’ll never forget the first time I heard back from my agent. The first time we sent my book proposal to publishers. The first time I heard that a publisher was interested. And the first time I heard the good news – that Chasing Superwoman would be published.
I’m preparing myself for yet another first. On June 1, my first book will hit the market. The great thing about firsts? You never know what to expect – you prepare as best you can, pray like mad, and (last but not least) ride the wave and have fun.
Has it been a long time since you’ve had a first? If so, it may be time to take action. Sure, it takes some guts to take that first step, but I’ll take fear over regret any day!
This is my command--be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 (NLT)