For those who are closest to me, it won’t come as a surprise to know I have quite a few pet peeves. In fact, it doesn’t take much to annoy me. That’s a bit a bit of a problem. I am working on being more laid back thanks to incorporating more stress-free elements in my life like free writing, hiking, yoga, and mindful living. However, one part of my personality that I don’t think is ever going to change is my aversion to the word “can’t.” The word “no” comes in a tight second. But, tonight, as I reflect back over the past two and a half years since I started developing the story line to 60 Days (a story line that has consumed me and made it hard to find my breath at times), I find myself holding onto that word – “can’t.” I hope you’ll bear with me as I tell you this:
I can’t believe you have all stuck with me for these past 24+ months. I have teased you. I have had so many false starts. I know that many times I failed you.
I can’t say thank you enough for your patience. Saying thank you in every language wouldn’t even be an adequate start. So, I’ll just say it in English. Thank YOU.
I can’t explain how it was to write this book because I put so much pressure on myself for it to be perfect. That’s another issue I have. Perfectionism. I never achieve it. So why do I put so much pressure on myself? All it does is give me stomachaches and make people close to me dislike me.
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of your support and encouragement. You support me with your patience. You encourage me when you find me in the corner booth of my favorite coffee shop and tell me how excited you are to read what’s next – whenever and whatever that is. You squash my insecurities when you email me your questions and tell me that you wish you could write like me. (By the way. You can. We’re all creative beings. It’s our insecurities that keep us from fulfilling our passions).
I could go on and on, but I can’t. Really. I can’t. I could write thousands of words of gratitude, but I’d probably break the internet in the process.
I’ll simply end with thank you.