I just finished reading The Giver by Lois Lowry. It was a book The Sis had recommended I read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Quick premise: The story is about a society where people’s choices have become extinct. In an effort to make everyone the same, the community has instilled rules and methods that maintain a norm that no one questions, except for Jonas, after being chosen to be the Receiver of Memory.
It’s a Newbery Medal winner and it’s one of those novels that makes you reflect upon your own life. It makes you wonder if having your elders choose for you, both your career and your mate, is not better. When given our own lives to govern, how often do we make the wrong choices? It’s the difference between free will and the greater good, so to speak.
I’ve been encouraged to do something I really don’t want to do, in part because it holds no true value or long term security, and yet, it’s still being offered up as the right choice. Left with few other alternatives, it’s quickly becoming the only choice, and I resent it. How did this happen? I feel, sometimes, like I lost myself along the way. Not in my writing life, but in my “real” life.
I need the wise words of a mentor. If you’re out there, please find me! 😉
This week’s quote seems rather apropos in light of my current circumstance. As creatives, we’re already marching to the beat of our own drummer. Now we only have to be brave enough to see where it leads.