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Shut Out

The sensation of being shut out of any number of things is one that can cause debilitating feelings in most people. No one wants to be left out in the cold, yet this happens on a daily basis. It can be on social media, in the workplace or school, even when you’re at the store and run into someone you know.
We all like to think of ourselves as kind, sharing people. We would never deliberately hurt someone by not involving them in special events, or even an ordinary event. Yet, that happens without thinking all the time. It’s circumstances like these that give authors the gem of an idea for a book that could be a best seller and leave many  people wondering if they’re part of the storyline because of how they’ve acted in the past.
Take for instance an upcoming event, where you’re focusing on the success of your former high school or college classmates. After all, everyone must have gone on to have great lives. In your mind, you’re envisioning a party where everyone is talking about how well they’ve done. Those nearing retirement age are even talking about a second career, one where they’re not as stressed as they were in the everyday madhouse that’s called having a job. Here’s a hint for those of you considering that now—take up golfing before you think about becoming an author. Authors around the world will tell you this is probably one of the most stressful jobs you will ever have. We work seven days a week, three-hundred-sixty-five days a year to get out the word about our books AND produce the next one. There is nothing stress free in this job, except our dedication to a craft most of us have always loved.
I’ve noticed a few of those from the baby boomer generation have taken up jobs such as sitting in a fire watch tower. They might think about working at the local swimming pool as a lifeguard, since they were on the swim in high school. Some are greeters at local stores. They’re not looking for a new career, just a place where they can go because they’ve discovered that retirement can become boring fast.
Now, for you the event organizer getting your old high school or college class together. You are going over the list of those graduates and notice a few never really made the grade you’ve set for having a successful life. Immediately, you decide these people won’t be invited. They’re not the “kind” you want at this event. If someone asks where they are, you plan to laugh and say they never responded. But with the availability of social media and friends from as much as forty or fifty years ago connecting, your little lie might soon spiral out of control.
Shutting people out because they don’t fit a certain narrative becomes a form of bullying. Success is measured in different ways. You can have monetary/recognition success that so many strive for but discover isn’t as important as they thought it was. You can also have personal success, where an individual is happy with the life they’ve chosen and really doesn’t care about having all the perks that come with being the monetary/recognition success.
About K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.
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