It's easy to forget the future, and that one exists, and that we're all going to be a part of it. Bad things happen, mistakes are made, regrets accumulate; and yet, the future remains, unrelenting, unavoidable, and without mercy for the things we have done in the past, or which were done to us.
But it remains.
The future has no pity, no sympathy, no care for our problems or excuses. The tax man arrives. Death appears, and takes those we love away. Sorrow creeps up and darkens an otherwise bright day.
Bullheaded, the future continues.
You will be in that future. But note this: The future is also the only thing you can change.
The past is gone. There is no going back. But in the FUTURE, you can apologize, shake hands, give an old friend a hug, a warm embrace. Bestow forgiveness.
The hardest person to forgive might be yourself, but even that rests in the future.
The future is yours, and no one else's.
It is within your ability to change your mind in the morning, to make today better than yesterday, to forget—or remember—according to your own choice.
The future is choices.
The future is decisions.
The future is the empty page and the untouched canvas.
Throw those old paintings away, the errors, the sadnesses, the things which made yesterday something you'd rather not reexperience. And as for the good times, don't merely remember them, but create them newly. Call up an old friend, bury that rusted hatchet. Change your mind.
The future is in your hands.
I am on a writing hiatus at the moment. I am on a journey of self-discovery which has caused me to reevaluate what I have written, and what I will write in the future.
I love writing, more now than ever. I know that this is my calling, and that I aspire to bring dreams and illusions to others by means of the written word.
I believe the world can be a better place, and that fiction has its role in creating that better place, even if only in providing a faint glimmer of hope that such a place might exist.
I respect all writers who write what they truly believe in. I hope to do more of that in my future books. I will be expanding into different genres, under a different name, and I'd like to explore more of the "traditional" romances under my current name. I will continue to write Paranormal Romance. Maybe even some Young Adult?
Lots of goals. Lots of dreams. Lots of future.
I hope to provide many more of the types of stories which have prompted the wonderful emails and comments I have received from many of you. I value those emails deeply, and I am glad that my stories have touched you.
It is my goal to continue to do so.
And it is also my goal now, moving forward, to write about a brighter future, and about characters I'd like to meet in real life, and who I'd like to be friends with, and for you to be friends with, too.
Because what is a book, but the promise of a better tomorrow, through an understanding of the past?