IF YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF
IN THE WRONG STORY,
I love this quote because it can refer to writing/art and to life.
How many time have we started a story, a novel, a song, an art project, etc. only to end up stuck, confused and miserable? How often do we keep on pushing and shoving our way through no matter what our gut, our heart, is telling us? We started it, damn it, so we must finish it! Sometimes yes, but not always.
How many times do we start down a life path, thinking we know what we're doing, only to come upon an obstacle or two or seven that forces us to turn right when we want to go left, to turn back, to off-road for a bit? How often do we end up somewhere we don't recognize at all, as a person we don't recognize at all?
Of course we can't - or shouldn't - always just "leave" a current project or "leave" our everyday lives. But we can stop. We can re-evaluate. We can make changes, small ones and big ones.
When I was younger, I read books all the way through to the end, even if I didn't like them, even if I was reading the "wrong" story. Somewhere along the line, though, I said enough. Now, that not only goes for books I'm not enjoying, but also for the plot lines of my life that no longer work for me, the ones that no longer tell the story of who I am and who I want to be.