The one periodical that my husband gets delivered is ESPN The Magazine. While I admit that I enjoy reading it as well, it's generally not where I turn for literary inspiration.
But then, you just never know.
This morning I read the cover story about a 17 year old boy (Zac Sunderland) who is just weeks away from completed his goal of being the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the globe. And while that in and of itself is inspirational (to quote the cover of The Magazine: "What were YOU doing at 17?") - the writing by Chris Jones is also excellent.
Toward the end of the article, Zac says he doesn't think he'll be able to be anything less than an adventurer, that working 9-5 is probably not right for him. By this point, bells were going off for me too - and not just because I'm scheduled to be returning to my part-time job on Monday.
Ultimately, the point is, if you want something out of life, go get it. If you want to circumnavigate the globe by yourself, have at it. If you want to run across the country, get moving. If you want to start your own business or open your own restaurant - get to work. If you want to write a novel - Sit. Down. And. Write.
It's not my job's fault that I haven't finished this novel. It's not my husband's, or my children's. It's not that I just had a baby or the televisions (or that I couldn't write on Wednesday nights because I dedicated the entirety of my evening to LOST.) No. The only thing standing between me and finishing this book...is me.
And so on that note, I'm off to get some more done. No excuses.