What if? What if you hadn’t stayed in touch with your best friend when you moved and didn’t know today how great it was to still have her in your life? What if you hadn’t transferred to a different college halfway through and met those amazing people? What if you hadn’t taken that trip that led you to your soulmate? What if you hadn’t decided to move into a house across the street from your great-grandparents and given them and your children the best years of their lives? What if you hadn’t done something so small as to make that phone call just to say hi the day a beloved friend was suddenly taken from you?
Those little decisions that we make every day have a way of making a mark on our lives that sometimes take years to realize. The advantage of being a writer is that we get to explore the “what ifs,” and try out all of the possibilities. What if Susan O’Neil had never agreed to volunteer to teach a summer computer camp? Where would Cassie and Ellie have gone for help? It’s easy to change something in a book to create that opportunity for two people to meet and bond. But what about in real life? Are you open to all of life’s possibilities? Take a chance. Call that person you haven’t spoken to in years. You never know when it might be your last chance. Remember, life isn’t a novel that enables you to change the plot or the ending.