Sometimes the same theme crops up in life again and again.
Although the ‘adapt or die ‘ quote is attributed to Darwin’s theory of evolution, one of my colleagues is quite fond of it and applies it a lot to work situations. He loves it so much that he named his band after it – the rock band he formed in his late 50’s.
I was also having a ‘blogversation’ ( see what I did there!) with chocolaterunsjudy where she said that ‘there is no age cap on having fun’. So how do you have fun when you are older? Well you have to adapt, because let’s face it, if you don’t, you won’t have fun, and life’s no fun without it!
one needs to adapt, because the things that were fun when you were young may not be possible when you are old, we change physically and because we mature mentally, even if we can still do whatever it is, it might not give us the same pleasure. So for instance as a runner one might need to adapt because if you enjoyed good times and PB’s in your 20’s, that’s not going to happen in your 60’s so you need to find something else to enjoy about it.
This week I have had to adapt. I might have mentioned that my recent plans have all fallen apart because of my chest infection. I’ve missed a party, I’ve missed shopping for a party, I’ve missed Christmas shopping, running and sleep. After 10 days it’s easing a bit. I’ve reached the stage where exhaustion trumps the cough and I can sleep so deeply that the cough doesn’t wake me -for about 4 hours. So there has been some late night activity on social media and I’ve read a couple of books.
A couple of nights ago I woke up at 4am. What to do? Wide awake. OK sitting up but can’t lie down without coughing. 🤔 Oh – I know! I’ll write a novel.
Actually that’s a bit of a fib. I started it almost a year ago. I really like my plot but after I’d written a couple of chapters I was disappointed with it – my writing style was more ‘chick lit’ than literary and I was struggling to see how I could give my characters more depth. It was harder than I had anticipated to write.Then I became unwell and didn’t touch it for months.
The other night I opened it and read it – and it was OK😊 So, maybe my writing style is a bit ‘chick lit’ but I’m OK with that, in my dreams I’d like to write something that I can make money from! So I started work on it, and do you know what, I had such a lot of fun! I’m enjoying creating my people, thinking how they behave, what kind of people do they need to be to do the things I need them to do to make the plot work. I just really enjoyed being completely absorbed in it, being in another world.
So until I can run and get back to my social life, I want to put in a few more hours into the novel. If I make good progress I’ve got my eye on a writers workshop in March…. Apparently the average 1st novel is 80,000 words so I’m 10% of the way there already!
Have you ever had to adapt in order to have fun?