I am reading a book of Shonda Rhimes. She is the writer of the two most successful TV series worldwide -Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.
On the first chapter of her book, she described something called ‘laying tracks’. She said that ‘writing for television is like laying a track for an oncoming speeding train’.
‘The story is the track and you gotta keep laying it down because of the train. The train is production. You keep writing, you keep laying track down, no matter what, because the train of production is coming toward you – no matter what’. Every eight days she needs to have a story. Every eight days they need to find locations, build sets, design costumes, find props, film a new episode. Every eight days. And that’s how she said she learned to lay track quickly. Artfully. Creatively. As fast as freaking lightning.
I have finished several chapters of the book but that image of laying tracks and speeding train never left my mind.
I look at the calendar and see it is only 13 days before Christmas.
I see parents posting photos of their children saying do not grow up too fast.
I hear people working hard saving money for something very important in their lives.
I know how sickness can trigger panic button and when the clock starts ticking, we try to catch up on lost opportunities.
I feel the tremendous amount of pressure when one has to make a life-changing decision.
These are all laying tracks. Whether we like it or not, we have to lay tracks in order for the speeding train not to derail. And even when life seems to be at a stand still, we have to continue laying tracks, as we have to be prepared for what is to come.
The irony of life is when we try all our might to run after something or someone. Only to find out, when we look behind, we are also being chased by something or someone.
I guess it is not just about laying tracks. It is also about where these tracks are leading us or has led us so far.