I recently revisited the location of a 1940s internment camp where thousands of Japanese Americans were imprisoned after Pearl Harbor was bombed. I have been there before, about the time I had begun writing a novel on the subject.
But going back now that the book is completed was an entirely different experience. I sat on the bluff where the barracks were, listened to the voices of my characters, and watched them walk across the fields – all in my imagination of course. It was a dream come true – for the second time.
The vision I had for this book has taken me on a long journey of research, discovery, and education. If I hadn’t gone back to see this place again, I don’t think I would have been able to solidify all the lessons and gifts this story has brought me.
Don’t be afraid to revisit your dream – a place, a person, a memory. Let your vision be renewed, or even bring closure if that’s what you need. You might find you have reached a place that brings great satisfaction.
Will I go back? No. I’m moving on to another story soon. I’ll find a foothold on my climb and discover a new vision to pursue. It’s what I do. A new time, a new place, a new story.
What will you do next? Are you ready to revisit or move on?