A.K.A. The Unpredictability of a Forecast
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Hi. It’s me.
Yes, I know it’s been a couple of weeks. In my defense… HOLY FRAKKENSHNOIDERS! Assignments and deadlines left, right, and in my face. It’s been trilingual madness of the amazeballs kind.
Also, we’re officially in the final quarter of 2014.
Still wrapping my brain around that.
Let me share with you kind souls what’s transpired for Yours Truly in the last fortnight and also, what’s to come.
I certainly did not expect–yet TOTALLY did–the magnitude of this semester. Taking an accelerated class means double the class hours in the week, double the homework and more frequent assignments and exams throughout the semester. Doing that while taking two other classes, both which require a fair amount of reading, writing, and studying, makes for a pretty packed schedule. One would say it even rivals the Sestra’s INTENSE Itinerary of our European travels this past summer.
I wish I had time to get into that. I will… still on deck, that post… however, the here and now is not hearing me clearly when I say, “Please downshift, ever so slightly.”
So, let’s get to the title of this here post.
What is a forecast?
It’s essentially a prediction of future events, no?
As much as I cannot rely on the prediction of the weather, I cannot always stick to my predictions (i.e. plans) with regards to school, home, and career.
A month into the school year, I’m already planning my schedule for next semester. Pretty much the same classes with the same teachers only levelled up. That is, even more intense and advanced than my current workload. Bring it.
I’d made some plans with regards to my writing: either shop around for an agent, publisher, etc., and/or enter the pieces in writing competitions. That’s all fine and dandy, but when the workload increased at school, especially in the creative writing class for which I’m writing an entirely new story, I needed to reassess my priorities.
So far, so good.
Grades are très bien and muy bueno. Not to mention great feedback on my workshopped character scene.
I’m staying ahead of looming deadlines by sleeping four hours a night and filling my waking hours with words in different languages, strung together to form something intelligible. There have been the rare moments of me slipping in and out of a language while speaking another, because, why not, right? [Note: It needs to stay compartmentalized during exams and so far, I’ve been lucky when it mattered the most.]
All this planning ahead and extrapolating possible outcomes, it’s like trying to control the weather. You can’t harness what you can’t control… right?
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To capture lightning in a bottle. Sounds impossible, but throughout history, humanity continues to astonish. New discoveries, advancements in technology, all this forward thinking has made the impossible possible.
Maybe I geek out when it comes to edification. I’m proud of it. While I’m somewhere in the middle of plotting and pantsing (when it comes to writing, that is), I do like planning ahead whenever possible. Sure it’s nice to go with the flow and make the necessary adjustments to accommodate the many curveballs life throws at you, but I must say I find it soothing to at least pretend I’m in control.
What happens then when you are thwarted off-path? It’s so easy to pack it up and call it a day, but I’ve realized that my moping days are long behind me. Anything that might seem like an obstacle now has turned into an opportunity for me to triumph over adversity. Sounds dramatic, but life without drama is a snooze fest, anyway.
You know that saying about life giving you lemons? Why stop at lemonade? You got your lemon bars, lemon loaf, lemon muffins, lemon meringue pie. Take a page from Pvt. Benjamin Buford ‘Bubba’ Blue and keep on keeping on.
There are no hard and fast rules to <<almost>> anything anymore. It’s all about us adapting to change. I’ve learned to accept whatever situation is before me and make the most of it. It’s the least we can do, but not the only thing. We should think out of the box, find alternatives, seek answers when it seems like there aren’t any.
Yes, the last two weeks have been a crazy blur but I’ve grabbed hold and am riding this coaster all the way.
Things have been crazy. Things have been unpredictable. But I trust in my abilities as a student, as a writer, as a person. I did falter momentarily, threw myself a Pity Party for One, but that lasted only a couple hours because the positive energy and feedback of my writing, my own creative contribution to the world, it’s the best affirmation and pep talk a gal could have.
I am on the right track. My forecast is looking bright.
Can you capture lightning in a bottle?
You can take control of whatever seems impossible in your life and make it possible. Within reason and within the parameters of human kindness and decency, I’m all for it.
What’s stopping you?
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