46 CHOICES | 2016 SPRING ISSUE
DON’T WAIT, THERE ARE
POSSIBILITIES! BY DEBRA WHITTAM
hen I write, there is the opportunity for possibilities to come out of hiding. What possibilities were there for me long ago when I said no to the many opportunities that were presented to me? Finally someone said to me, “Don’t wait.” I say to myself now that there are a multitude of possibilities with any opportunity to which I say yes.
I miss the opportunities that could very well have been the possibilities I dreamed of long ago. I miss my early New York City days even though fear kept me stuck and I did not audition. There were often beautiful feelings of possibilities before the fear came. I could do what I had always dreamed of doing. I was in New York City, the place of possibility. I said no to auditions because I was afraid. Don’t wait.
I got married! I had children! The opportunities were there and sometimes I made the opportunity be a possibility whether others wanted it or not. I realized the opportunities had to come to me. But forcing my possibilities never seemed to work. My mother passed away and many possibilities were no longer available to me. I didn’t wait though; I went to my first writing workshop.
The Possibility Issue