Day 76 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Living My Past Life

One thing I’ve noticed is that I have a tendency to live my past life. It’s a problem. It wastes time. By living my past life, I mean expecting what worked in a previous job or a previous living situation to work where I currently am.

The only time I didn’t get away with doing it was when I moved to Philadelphia because the changes were so great – going  from living in a house to a 4th floor walk up, going from living in the suburbs to the city, going from being a long-time employee to a newbie, going from living in the same metro area as my family to being alone with no friends or family. Because every aspect of my life was different, I might have compared Philly to metro Atlanta, but I couldn’t get away with trying to have the same life.

Now, when I moved to DC, it took me a long time to get my footing there. I actually started enjoying DC when I stopped writing and decided to make my goal enjoying the area. I found the local theater scene and focused on that area.

Moving back home, I said I wasn’t going to do the same thing – trying to make Atlanta into DC or Philly, but as I’m writing this, I think that I did. Atlanta is a car-centric place. That’s something I’ve tried to avoid because I don’t like driving. I didn’t get my license until I was in my 20s and that’s only because I had to. By not embracing that aspect of living here, I’m missing out on a lot.

I mean, I was never a fan of traffic, but on a regular basis, I’d go out exploring. I’d take day trips up to the North Georgia Mountains and down to Plains to see the Jimmy Carter National Historic site. It would be intentional. It’s not that driving bothers me, I think that after 10 years, I got out of the habit.

Like most things, it’s not that it’s scary, it’s just that I’m not familiar with it. Well. Here’s to upcoming adventures.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 76, – 3/16/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Year Goal

140,962 /153,824 / 740,784

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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