Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Celebrating "Now"

Yesterday was the first "Fall-ish" day here in Southern California. Gray, misty skies. Temperatures cold enough to require jeans and jackets (well...for us wimpy SoCal-ers at least. You cold climate types would probably be in tank tops).

And I couldn't help thinking all day: I hope this lasts.

I love Fall. Soup for dinner and heavy blankets in bed and all the stores smelling like cinnamon and selling pumpkin flavored treats. But it doesn't last very long over here. We get a few, scattered days where we put our wool coats and boots to good use. And the rest of the time it's hot and sunny and we walk around wondering if we're ever going to stop running our air conditioners. It can get a little frustrating.

Which is why I'm trying to adopt a new attitude: celebrate now

I'm going to try to stop wishing I could have more or less than what I have at the moment, and just enjoy what I have right here, right now. Because nothing lasts in this complicated world--and that's actually a good thing. For every refreshingly crisp Fall day that I wish would last forever, there's a yucky humid, windy day that I can't wait to  have over. Good things don't always last. But neither do the bad. So just enjoy the good when you have it and  celebrate now.

And I think the same thing applies to writing. We all have our days where we want to delete every last word, back over our computers with our car, and flee to Canada to start a new career as a Zamboni driver (okay, maybe the rest of you handle the bad days better than I do). But there's also many, many days where the words are flowing and the characters have pulled me into their world and I can't ever imagine doing anything else--ever.


I'm going to embrace those days more--cling to them more, celebrate them more. So I have them ready to carry me through the bad.


So in that vein, I'm going to dust off my favorite pair of boots and head outside to enjoy SoCal's tiny sample of Fall. Maybe I'll even indulge in a pumpkin flavored treat--without even wondering how many calories are in it. 

And then, I'm going to write. Because I'm celebrating now. I'll deal with what comes tomorrow when it happens.


Anyone else want to join me? What do you feel like celebrating? 

33 comments:

  1. Shannon, you crack me up. I grew up in So Cal. Living in Virginia now, I realize fall is truly my favorite season. Last weekend, we had the A/C on, this morning, it's 39 degrees and the heat is on. I love pumpkin flavored everything and the change. I'll take this for a few more months and then I'll be wishing I was back in California :)

    Marissa

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  2. So true--I was whining about the cold on FB (I do NOT like to be cold!) & one of my friends who just retired laughed & told me I was taking her place as in-house b#@!h. Oooh. Not good. So, I'm now going to take your attitude and CELEBRATE the NOW!

    Thanks for the post!

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  3. Fall has always been my favorite season. I grew up in Connecticut (Fall lasts, like three whole months there-lol So I always got my fix) I love walking through piles of colored leaves and the smell of chimney smoke. Sometimes I swear you can almost smell the season's change. I'm going to decorate with the kiddies for halloween and light a pumpkin scented yankee (candle that is). Thanks for reminding us to enjoy the moment!

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  4. That's so true about writing and life. And what a good attitude to have. I'm celebrating that I'm about 50 pages from my latest revision of my manuscript and will reach my word count cut down to 69,000. And I'm going to a SCBWI conference next weekend. I'm a tad nervous because I'm going solo.

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  5. Awww!! I wouldn't mind a slice or four of that amazing looking pumpkin flavoured treat thingy ooziing with what I hope is maple syrup! LOL!!!

    Enjoy the here and now and good luck with your writing! Take care
    x

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  6. Wow, you make fall sound good. WIth the expection of the colors and the way the trees look like they're on fire and the sky is their smoke, I pretty much hate fall because it means that winter is coming.
    I loath winter.
    Its cold.
    I can't wear any of my cute clothes.

    But instead of wallowing in the cold I'll celebrate the colors.
    Cue the music.... CEL E BRATE GOOD TIMES-- COME ON!

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  7. YES YES YES!!! The day was fab. And Most of the week is supposed to be too! Happy writing, call me if you need anything.

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  8. Amen. We are experiencing a similar occurrence in S. Fla. It's in the 70's today... LOW 70's!!!!

    I am totally celebrating today!!! The Laptop and I are working outdoors today ;)

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  9. I am definitely celebrating the break in the rain today (even if it will only last an hour or two)! I love Fall so much. I've got my apple pie scented candle burning everyday to get me in the mood. :D I'm sure I'll actually start *baking* the pies soon enough, but for now the candle will have to do.

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  10. Not gonna lie, I scanned this before actually reading it to make SURE you mentioned boots... because they're one of my fave things about fall :) (Thankfully, you didn't disappoint, so we can stay CPs and friends)

    Then, when I went back to read it--awesome post Shannon <3 I think that's a great attitude to have!

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  11. That's how it is here in Florida too! Today it feels like fall and I'm loving it. I'm gonna try to wake up early this week and write on my lanai while the weather is nice. I'll follow your motto and celebrate now. Fall doesn't last long around here.

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  12. I love Fall. I get to break out all my cosy hats, scarves and gloves...Oh, and boots!!!! Mind you, with the UK weather at the moment it's always boot weather. lol.

    Now I'm off to celebrate the now, but I want some of that yummy treat sending my way.:)

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  13. Fall is never a situation for us native Floridians, we are known to take a quick trip to North Carolina for the typical view of the "leaves changing". But honestly I love the heat and never needing to endure gray days. I do, however, enjoy the trip to see snow. So my relationship with change of seasons is just right. So, enjoy your warm blankets, and all that goes with it.

    Have a festive Fall.

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  14. Definitely going to try to celebrate now, in writing and in life! And yay for fall! Anything and everything to do with this season I love, and you're right--I shouldn't spend it worrying about when it will end.

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  15. hi miss shannon! im real happy youre gonna have a nice time being in that neat fall weather. for me cause of being in the hospital so much and a lot of times almost not making it to be alive on the next day every day is just real special for me no matter what it is. right now for me making it to my next birthday is real big cause no one thought i would. now its just only 15 more days. so for me i just gotta celebrate every day of being alive and being able to do fun stuff and having really nice friends like you.
    ...hugs from lenny

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  16. I feel the same way about writing and having the bad days where I wonder why I even sit there day after day and yes, at times I want to back my minivan over the dang computer! I never knew fall was my favorite season until I had a long beautiful fall living in Moscow, ID one year. I love the colors, the smells, and just the feel of the oncoming holidays! I definitely needed a pep talk in celebrating the now, because last night when I tried to write, nothing came. Nothing. My brain was mush! I closed the computer down and read a book while wrapped up in a blanket.

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  17. I'm pretty much just amazed you know what a Zamboni is. Where are you from originally?

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  18. Fall is my favorite time of year - the temperature is perfect, the leaves are beautiful, the clothing oh-so-comfy. :-)

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  19. Celebrate now - love it. That's such a wonderful outlook. What do I have to celebrate right now? That my 8 week old slept 9 hours straight last night. And 10 the night before. And 11 the two nights before that. So really I have no excuse for being tired. And yet, I still am. And I also have no excuse for not getting more writing done. Best get to it then! :)

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  20. I can totally get behind that sentiment! I stepped out to work completely unprepared for it to start drizzling on me as the day went on, but I didn't care. I love this kind of weather, and I'm not going to wish it away after the 116 degree weather I suffered through last week. Bring on the semi-Fall!

    As for what I'm going to celebrate, I think I'm going to continue to walk to work so I can enjoy this weather while it lasts. And so I don't get lazy just because I'm getting a new car.

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  21. Hmmm, a career as a Zamboni driver could be fun, haha!

    Great post, Shannon. I love the positivity. It's too easy to fall into the trap of dwelling on the past or wishing too hard for the future. We only get one now, and it's our privilege to enjoy the present moment. So we should take advantage of our nows and celebrate it!

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  22. The only good thing about fall for me is that I get to wear a lot of brown and green, which are the only two colors I look truly good in.

    But, I have a warm house, a computer, lots of ideas, great crit budies, and inspiration. I'm celebrating that.

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  23. I will definitely celebrate the weather! Here in Houston we are having cool fall temps of mid 50's in the morning (which is like winter coat weather...brrr).

    The only way to be happy is to appreciate what you have every second.

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  24. Fall weather, for sure (except that once winter hits it's going to be cold in my little house with no insulation), and that it's cool enough to cook things in my oven again. Yum, comfort food!

    Great post, Shannon.

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  25. YES. This is a lesson I learned in my 20s. I kept saying, "I'll be happy when my husband graduates." Or "I'll be happy when I'm not teaching." Or whatever. I finally learned that I have to CHOOSE to be happy NOW. And I think celebrating is the same thing. Almost.

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  26. What an awesome attitude to take!! And yes, I love fall too. It's my favorite, and I also hope this weather lasts.

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  27. Nice! It can be tough to live in the now sometimes. I hope you enjoy your stroll and your fall afternoon. I love fall too!
    Oh, I know what I'm excited about. I donated 180 books today to at risk youth. Kids associated with my local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Yay! It's so great to see books go somewhere where they'll be appreciated. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  28. Yeah for fall. Any Santa Ana's yet?

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  29. I too love the fall! I think celebrating now is a great idea. Also, you won an award! check it out here: http://seescootread.blogspot.com/2010/10/cherry-on-top-award.html

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  30. I just relished a storm and cooler weather today by having a cup of hot cocoa and sitting underneath a blanket when I got home. Even in Cali it is cooler right now. Love, love, LOVE it!

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  31. I'll celebrate the beautiful colored leaves that are still hanging on our trees. Soon they will be falling off and need to be raked up.

    I don't like the cold, snowy weather that will be following these fall days, but I will find something positive to celebrate then too.

    Enjoy your fall days! The pumpkin treat looks yummy! Think I'll have to make some pumpkin rice pudding! YUMM!

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  32. Fall is my fave season but it is overshadowed by the impending doom of winter :(

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  33. Ah, I love this post! So much truth. And I love that on your bad days, you want to flee to CANADA. #yes #success

    :)

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