If I could change just one thing …
by Carrie Conner
We’ve spent the last few months contentedly steeped in family and religious traditions. The frantic pace of the holidays is over now. But just when it seems we could settle in and exhale in the short, dark days of winter, a new insidious fever creeps in.
Suddenly, we’re not enough. Not successful enough. Not thin enough. Not rich enough. We decide in a collective wave of mass consciousness to make resolutions to be better. To make changes for the next month – or three.
Our mantra becomes something like the words of John Cleese from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” “And, now, for something completely different.”
So why fight it? Better yet, let’s drag our writing into it. Allow yourself, or one of your characters, to consider the phrase: If I could change just one thing … .
Then use it in a piece of poetry, non-fiction or fiction. We all know from experience that sometimes changing one thing can change everything – or nothing at all. What will it mean to you?
A friend once asked Carrie Conner why she writes. “Because I have to,” she said. “You mean like publish or perish?” he asked. “No,” she said, “It’s more like … breathing.” Carrie has spent 20 years as a staff and features journalist and freelance copywriter for a variety of publications and companies. One day, while interviewing an emerging novelist about her new book release, she realized she was done writing about other people’s accomplishments. She’s currently putting together a yet-untitled collection of short stories and a screenplay.