I walk lonely streets, and I talk big time dreams… – Natalia Kills
If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll see that I’ve been enjoying Natalia Kills album Trouble. Sometimes you find inspiration in the most unlikely of places, and I’ve found that lately encouragement has been finding me in the same way. In my last post, I talked about how staring at a blank page can be the moment as when you give up. Truthfully, the opportunity to give up is everywhere and relentless. That’s why Nova Ren Suma‘s Facing Down The Doubt Monster is so accurate. We all have moments of truth, times where a make-or-break decision is required, and where we are our own worst enemy. Giving up seems easy, and it is, but it also won’t get you anywhere or teach you anything new.
While I know that’s true, I still have times when I’m unsure. Those are moments when I question if I’m good enough, if what I’m doing even makes sense anymore, and where I wonder why I’m still trying. I don’t go looking for encouragement or anything to change my mind, but somehow I always find it. I was on Twitter the other day when Rachel Thompson tweeted this:
If writing is your career, you write. You don’t need permission from anyone but yourself. You’re an adult. Write like one.
I let out a deep breath. I had been feeling unsure about what I wanted to accomplish this year, and I hadn’t realized why. I was, and maybe still am, waiting for permission. Searching for validation. Waiting for the right time, the perfect moment, or some cosmic green light that’s never going to happen.
Everyone has dreams, goals and things that they want to accomplish. The only way to accomplish them is by trying, putting in the effort, possibly failing and trying again. Sometimes it’s easy for me to forget that the scariest thing about chasing a dream isn’t trying and failing, but not trying at all. Don’t be afraid to talk big time dreams, or go after them. Don’t wait for the perfect moment to make them happen.
Have you made a resolution or a goal that you’re unsure about? If you’re a writer like me and facing the same back and forth doubts, take a deep breath. Rachel Thompson took her quote from a post she just finished called, You’re An Adult. Write Like One. Sorry I’ve been a little slow to catch up with my blogging. The next post should be something titled MFA, BEA and Other Acronyms, so keep an eye out for that. Also, for those of you who aren’t writers and are finding my advice lacking, here’s an episode I found from A Sit Down With Shanacee about commitment and dedication. Enjoy!