Sunday was not a good day for me. I thought I had a good night's sleep but woke up at 8 a.m. EXTREMELY SICK. Out of nowhere sick. CAN'T keep anything down and CAN'T stay out the restroom sick. And CAN'T keep my eyes open in between being sick so I slept until almost 4 p.m. when I wasn't being sick. During my coherent moments I was actually thinking about my Monday blog post and I realized that it is okay sometimes to CAN'T. My body was telling me it CAN'T do all the outside chores I needed to do so I gave in to my CAN'T and took care of ME instead.
To the people that know me well enough, they know I would be that chicken that WOULD fly despite everyone around me saying chicken's CAN'T fly. But then there are times when I will give in to the CAN'Ts in my life because I need to. I CAN'T go to my regional SCBWI conference this fall because I simply don't have the financial means. But that doesn't mean I give up my dream of writing. I will find ways around this and go in search of lessons to learn what I might have learned there.
I CAN'T hope to polish my writing without the help of critique groups and professional groups like Rate Your Story. I must give in to the CAN'Ts and allow others to show me where my work needs improving. It's okay to say I CAN'T do it without you and seek out the wisdom of those who have come before me.
But there is one thing that I CAN'T ever forget...and Wil Smith from the movie The Pursuit of Happiness says it best...