How many times have you said you wanted something? Dreamed of it? Thought, “Life would be better if…”
We all have dreams—deep desires of things we’d love to do someday.
I want to travel to Italy, move someplace warm and live near the beach, walk the red carpet at a celebrity event. I want my twenty-five-year-old body back.
Fine, we can’t have everything, but most things are attainable if you want them enough and are willing to work hard to get them.
For years, one of my biggest dreams has been to write and publish a novel… okay, a best-selling novel, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
I had plenty of excuses for putting off my dream. We all do, right? No time, a family to care for, a home to manage. All valid reasons. But, if I’m being honest, the main reason was fear of failing. The concern that it, or I, wouldn’t live up to my expectations, and my dream would be gone. Forever.
What if we do try, and we actually succeed?
Remember the sense of accomplishment you felt walking across the stage to collect your diploma, or the excitement of moving to a big city in pursuit of prestigious career?
Think about the abundance of love and pride you experienced raising your child, watching him grow and explore the world around him. These were some of the best moments in my life.
Maybe you crave adventure, and that thrilling leap from a perfectly good airplane you’d always fantasized about exceeded your wildest dreams.
Can you imagine how unfulfilled your life would have been without accepting these challenges? Without taking risks?
Everything we accomplish is the result of taking chances, chasing dreams, no matter how big or how small.
I wasted years dreaming about being a writer, imaging what it would be like. I read everything I could about how to be a good writer… but I didn’t write.
Why not? It might be awful, or worse, someone might read it! Accidentally, of course, because back then I’d never willingly share something I’d written. Just the thought of other people’s reactions terrified me.
My desire to write grew. I eventually started creating the characters and story line for the novel I’m writing now, but I didn’t tell anyone. Even my own family didn’t know what I was up to, tapping away on my laptop every spare minute.
It took another year—yep, a full year—before I gathered up enough courage to join a critique group to see if I was “any good.” (We can talk about that adventure later, so be sure to stop back.)
By challenging myself to take a chance, I learned there are some really great people out there who are willing to help me turn my dream into a reality. It’s going to take a lot of hard work, but I’m ready to take that thrilling leap and willing give it everything I have.
I’m so excited to say that I am finally chasing my dream! I hope you’ll join me every week as I share my journey to becoming a published author.
Now it’s your turn… We all have a dream. What’s yours, and more importantly, how are you making it come true? –CJ