This week, I received an email from a blogger and writing coach who regularly encourages writers to excel in their calling. I found her about a year ago, and enjoyed the many articles and resources she provided. This latest message, though, was a goodbye letter. She was taking a break, indefinitely, from her work.
Why? I wondered. And she knew who readers would ask. So she offered this explanation: “There are no tragic reasons for the change, only my desire to spend more time with my family and duck out from social media and content creation for a bit. I will also be open to any new opportunities that may come my way!”
In other words, she changed her mind.
“To have a mind, I think, depends upon one’s willingness to change it,” Wendell Berry writes in his essay “Caught in the Middle.” Seth Godin also wrote about the same thing just this week. “It takes guts and humility to change your mind,” he writes. “Fortunately, you have the freedom and the courage to do so.”
Freedom, courage, humility, guts. Yep, that just about sums up the writing life, even the part of your writing life that you sometimes change your mind about. That project you were working on, the blog you started, the unpaid contributor position to took, or even that paid column you once were thrilled about? If you don’t want to do them anymore, don’t.
You’re allowed to change your mind.