“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.” ~ W. Somerset Maugham
Let’s face it, rules are overrated. Especially the ones nobody tells you. Have you ever played a game with someone, only to realize they are making up the rules as they go along. Boooo. No good. Sometimes life feels like that, too.
What if we just forget the rules, today? Not the legal, ethical and moral ones. The other ones. The rules that we know, or don’t know, that hang over our heads like some invisible judgement. Sometimes we get so obsessed with doing something right, we don’t really do it at all. We forget the adventure that ensues when we set out to discover something. You know, the joy that comes from doing something you enjoy because you enjoy it.
This past weekend I took a bunch of pictures with my camera. I probably didn’t capture them right, but I had fun. Twenty minutes of fun. You may or may not ever see them. That’s irrelevant. I took some photos because I wanted to do it and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I forgot about f-stops, lenses and the knowledge of all of the settings one needs to know to take a prize-winning photo. I forgot the rules… and got free.
Sing a song today. Who cares if it’s good? Write down your thoughts, dreams and plans today.Who cares if they are captured perfectly? Take a picture of some silly something some silly way. Who cares if it will make it into some silly art gallery?
Forget the rules today.
Forget they exist.
Forget there’s a right way to do it.
You may discover joy in it again.
That’s my hope for you today.