I think it a bit ironic that my OLW for 2018 is momentum. “Momentum” is defined as speed of movement, and since my knee replacement surgery two weeks ago, my physical speed of movement has been seriously lacking. I am grateful for in-home physical therapy, friends who visit and bring dinners, and my attentive full-time husband-nurse. But I am anxious to get moving again. People have reminded me that healing takes time, and that I need to be kind to myself. While I am improving every day, I think I expected quicker results.
As I was preparing for surgery, I was concentrating on momentum in a different context – my writing. It is the start of a new year, and I want to keep the momentum of gathering ideas for writing going strong. I took my journal to the hospital and even managed to jot down some free verse poems and things I noticed and wondered about. But still, I am impatient, and at times frustrated.
This morning as I was reflecting on what to write in today’s post, I realized that lessons learned from my physical healing apply to my writing life as well. Healing and writing both take time, and it is important in both contexts to be kind to yourself. But you have to keep the momentum going. My doctor reminded me that I am a big part of my recovery. It is easy to skip the important exercises for any number of reasons, but recovery takes effort and I am responsible for that. So too with writing. It is hard work, but the effort will eventually pay off if we keep the momentum going.
Let’s get moving!